LAHORE - Dengue fever has started haunting people with increasing intensity as six more patients were brought to different hospitals in Lahore on Friday, taking the number of cases in the province to 54. Zaheer, 40, a resident of Rang Mahal, Ume-e-Khadija, 14, of Wahga Town, Faizan, 25, of Ravi Town and Azeem, 28, of Data Gunj Bukhsh Town were tested positive for dengue at the Mayo Hospital. Gul Rehman and Muhammad Imran of Sawat were brought to Nawaz Sharif Hospital Yakki Gate. Out of 54 cases, 25 has been reported from Lahore, 15 from Sheikhupura, 4 from Faisalabad and remaining from Vehari, Toba Tek Singh, Hafizabad, Nankana Sahib, Gujrat and Sialkot.

Protests

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) continued protest at the Lahore General Hospital on eighth day with the demand to withdraw the decision of reducing number of house officers. The YDA doctors and affected house officers came out on Ferozepur Road which caused traffic jam. The YDA spokesman Dr Khurram Shahzad said the protest would continue till restoration of 199 seats of house officers at different hospitals in the province.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Paramedics Alliance (PPA) has threatened to launch protest if the government did not regularise contract employees of teaching hospitals in the province by September 10.  Addressing a press conference at Punjab Institute of Cardiology OPD on Friday, PPA Chairman Malik Munir demanded regularisation of 7000 employees recruited by the board of teaching hospitals on contract basis.

Sultan Mahmood Bhatti, Mian Khalid Mahmood, Shoaib Ch, Dilawar, Ashiq Gujjar and other PPA officials were also present. Malik Munir said the PPA would bring the matter in general council if the government did not accept demand by the given deadline.