OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to the formation of expert advisory core group on dengue. The group comprising senior doctors and experts will be completely independent and will look after the matters regarding eradication of dengue virus, research and training of doctors. He was presiding over a meeting to review measures for dengue control, here on Monday. Members National and Provincial Assembly, secretaries of various department and experts were present. The Chief Minister said that solid measures are being taken for the eradication of dengue virus and a strategy has also been evolved for meeting this challenge in future as well. He said that formation of expert advisory core group on dengue is an important step and Sri Lankan expert Dr Farnando will also be a member of the group to be headed by Prof Dr Faisal Masood. He said that health helpline has been playing an important role in the campaign against dengue virus through providing proper guidance to the people and dengue patients. He directed Health Secretary to submit recommendation within next three days for the setting up of the health helpline on permanent basis. He said that Punjab government has also decided to launch a vigorous campaign against quacks and fake Hakims as no one can be allowed to play with precious human lives. Issuing instructions for collecting data of registered and authentic homeopaths and Hakims, he directed Addl Chief Secretary to submit recommendations within next two days after looking into the method of treatment of homeopaths and it should also be checked how many allopathic medicines are being used by homeopaths. He said that health commission has started working and Justice (r) Aamir Raza Khan has been selected as the head of the commission. He said that profiteering at this hour of trial is out of question, therefore, health department should submit a report after reviewing the performance of drips manufacturing companies and their prices. Appreciating the special campaign launched by Secretary Local Government for cleanliness and fogging and spray in graveyards ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the Chief Minister said that it will save the large number of people who visit the graves of their loved ones on Eid from dengue. Taking notice of the charging of slip fee and asking the patients to bring syringes for blood test at filter clinic Bilal Gunj, he directed Health Secretary to take stern action against the persons responsible. He said that free treatment facilities are being extended to dengue virus patients in all hospitals and those violating these instructions deserves no leniency. He directed Director General and Executive District Officer Health Lahore to pay regular visits to dispensaries and filter clinics to address such complaints.