LAHORE Despite having enough resources, trained manpower and availability of sufficient funds with the Epidemic Control Department of City District Government Lahore, which is assigned regular fumigation and insecticide spray is taking lead on other cities in the province regarding the number of dengue fever patients. So far 949 dengue fever cases have been reported from across the province and out of those 812 are from the provincial metropolis. The CDG has a separate wing, epidemic control department, to deal with fumigation, insecticide spray and killing of stray dogs. The CDG has purchased equipment worth over million of rupees in the near past including big and small fogging machines and pumps and costly chemical for killing insects. It seems that either the quarter concerned did not carryout insecticide spray and fumigation or the campaign was just on papers and reports being sent to the high ups. Some officials, however, are of different views that the quarters concerned purchased sub standard chemical that failed to eliminate the menace of mosquitoes, thus causing rapid increase in the number of dengue fever patients. One official at the CDG Epidemic Control Department confirmed the reports of fumigation in selected areas only and failure of the available chemical to effectively eliminate mosquitoes from the City. He, on the request of anonymity, said that no one bothered to check the quality of chemical purchased for spray this year. He said that high ups and not the employees were responsible for huge number of dengue fever patients in the City. In addition to routine task, the Epidemic Control Department employees are assigned additional duties of carrying out insecticide spray at Governors House, CMs House and other important government premises. These duties badly hamper routine insecticide spray and fumigation, the official said, adding, the insecticide spray and fumigation was not carried out properly in the suburbs due to the VVIP duties. On Tuesday, 95 new patients of dengue fever have been reported from across the province and out of those 89 have been admitted at the public sector and private healthcare centres in the City. Out of 89 new dengue patients in the City, 75 were admitted at public sector hospitals and 14 at various private healthcare centres. In Lahore, 49 patients were brought to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 13 to Jinnah Hospital, 6 to Institute of Public Health, 4 to Services Hospital, two each to General Hospital Cantt and Lahore General Hospital and one each to Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ghurki Trust Hospital. IQTIDAR GILANI