OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The continuing dengue menace claimed seven more lives on Thursday. The virus victims included two women and a child. Those departed for the life after were Muhammad Zahid (46), a resident of Rajgarh. He died at Mayo Hospital. Muhammad Umar (12), a resident of Nishtar Colony, died at Ittefaq Hospital. Muhammad Saleem (55), a resident of Outfall Road, Nasreen Fatima (30), a resident of Kot Lakhpat, Kanwal (53), Muhammad Boota (65) and Muhammad Hassan (64) were the other dengue victims. As the dengue fever continues to play havoc with the lives of Lahorites, 870 more were tested positive for the deadly virus. Briefing the newsmen about the situation of dengue fever at the committee room of King Edward Medical University, Secretary Agriculture Punjab Arif Nadeem has said that a team comprising 50 Entomologists was working at union council level for eliminating the breeding places of dengue mosquitoes in the city. Officers and officials of Solid Waste Management, Parks and Horticulture Authority and other concerned departments are included in this team. MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is supervising the process. He said that 603 persons were tested positive for dengue on Thursday and out of these 499 were from Lahore. He said that at present 1366 patients were under treatment at various hospitals whereas 8217 have recovered so far. He said that free treatment facilities were provided to the patients at the government hospitals. He further told that total number of dengue patients have reached 8,820 in the province including 7,992 in Lahore. He said that 40 deaths have been confirmed so far. On this occasion, Dr. Anwar Janjua informed that blood test of more than 9000 patients has been conducted at blood testing centers set up at town level. Sri Lankan experts on dengue virus visited Lahore General Hospital. They inspected various wards including emergency, medical and dengue ward. Post Graduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Tariq Salahuddin briefed the team that 135,326 patients had been inspected at emergency ward and OPD from September 01 to 21. The Lankan experts gave guidelines to doctors and paramedical staff regarding diagnosis and treatment of dengue patients. Meanwhile, MNA Kh Saad Rafique has said the Dengue Control Authority would be set up in Punjab for checking and eradication of the menace. For this purpose, legislation would be made in the Punjab Assembly. He was addressing a session regarding dengue awareness campaign with representatives of traders organizations at Jinnah Hall. Traders representatives Ashraf Bhatti, Khalid Pervaiz and Babar Mehmud presented their suggestions. Chairman Samanabad Town Emergency Response Committee Mian Marghoob Ahmad directed MPA and Administrator Samanabad Town to pay maximum visits to the town and submit a comprehensive report regarding open places and plots where water was accumulated. Chairing a meeting of Town Emergency Response Committee, he said the Punjab government was in a state of war against dengue. Chairman Town Emergency Response Committee Nishtar Town MNA Naseer Bhutta said second phase of fogging in government schools located in town areas would be completed on September 24.