LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said here on Saturday that nurses would be sent to Thailand for training to overcome the dengue epidemic. Thailand has been facing the menace for the last 50 years, he said while talking to Thai Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Marut Jitpatima, who called on him. Bilateral relations, matters of mutual interest and cooperation in various sectors and eradication of dengue virus were discussed during the meeting. Shahbaz said that friendly relations exist between Pakistan and Thailand. He said that vast opportunities of investment and cooperation in various sectors including agriculture are available in Punjab. He said that Punjab particularly Lahore is facing dengue virus whereas Thailand has been facing this menace for the last 50 years. Ambassador of Thailand Mr. Marut Jitpatima said on this occasion that Thailand has been facing dengue virus for the last 50 years and all possible steps are being taken for complete eradication of dengue virus. He said that all possible cooperation will be extended to Punjab for eliminating dengue virus. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif said that all resources are being utilized for eradication of dengue virus. He added that medicines and equipments are imported for ensuring provision of best medical facilities to the patients without any loss of time. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting held to review the steps taken for eradication of dengue on Saturday. Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, secretaries of various departments and experts of Sri Lankan medical team attended the meeting. He said that steps for eradication of dengue are being taken on permanent basis, while cooperation of the people in this regard is of great importance. The chief minister said that the training of doctors and nurses for eradication of dengue virus is of great importance and the training process has been started by evolving a comprehensive system of training for this purpose. He said that about 1100 doctors and nurses have got training in these training programmes in various districts of the province so far. He said that normally people visit to general practitioners near to their houses, therefore, training for these doctors should also be arranged and an effective system be adopted for checking the quality of training. He said that consultants are visiting private and charity hospitals regularly and examining the dengue patients. He directed Director General Health to visit other districts of the province affected by dengue and review the steps taken for elimination of larvae of dengue mosquito. He further directed Commissioner that the garbage once removed from the places could not be let accumulated there again and an effective system should be evolved for this purpose. He directed Secretary Food that checking of hotels and restaurants should be made regularly and preventive measures taken for eradication of dengue virus reviewed there. He directed Secretary Education to ensure special period regarding awareness of dengue in private schools.