LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said extra-ordinary loadshedding, generally in Punjab and particularly in Lahore, is not only increasing the problems of the dengue patients, but also causing losses to the costly machinery provided for diagnoses and treatment of dengue patients in the hospitals. I strongly protest against this injustice being meted to the Punjab with regard to loadshedding, and I appeal to the prime minister to take notice of the long outages in Lahore in this hour of trail and if this is a conspiracy, then stop it, he demanded, while replying to questions of mediamen during his visit to Thokar Niaz Baig in connection with Qadam Barhao-Dengue Mukao Movement on Saturday. He demanded of the government that Lahore be exempted from loadshedding as the provincial capital was in the grip of dengue fever and power cuts were leading to increase in the number of patients. He observed that precious lives were dearer than the electricity, while unscheduled and long loadshedding was adding to the miseries of the dengue patients. Every life is dear to us and we have allocated all our resources for provision of medical facilities and eradication of dengue virus and have imported machinery and medicines by air, he said, adding that doctors, nurses and other staff were providing medical facilities to the dengue patients round the clock. He further said arrangements for combating the dengue were being affected due to loadshedding and people were also protesting over this long loadshedding. I ask the PM to immediately take notice of it, he requested. He also visited various areas of Thokar Niaz Baig, and informed citizens about the importance of cleanliness, protection from dengue virus and preventive measures. He also visited Government Girls High School Thokar Niaz Baig and provided useful information to the female students regarding dengue, and went to various classes and distributed anti-dengue kits and pamphlets among them. Talking to students, the CM said the young generation was the future of the country, and it will have to play its effective role for bright future of the country. He also said he had met female students to know what information they had about dengue and what role they played for its elimination. Peoples cooperation for eliminating the virus is of great importance, he added, while asking students to join hands with him in the campaign against dengue virus and play their role for creating awareness among masses for keeping the environment clean. Students should convey the message of importance of health, cleanliness, protection from dengue virus and preventive measures by visiting every house as a volunteer, he said. Replying to a question of a student that when dengue would be controlled, the CM said it depended on masses that how they help the government and keep their houses clean, drain out stagnant water and adopt other preventive measures. The government is working round the clock for the dengue eradication as elected representatives, bureaucrats and experts are engaged in it, he added. Earlier, the CM visited a workshop situated at Thokar Niaz Baig and pointed out the larva of dengue virus in the tyres lying there and got sprayed in his presence for its elimination. He said used tyres were the hotbeds of breeding dengue virus; therefore, destroying of larva of dengue was utmost essential and besides government, the owners of godowns, shops and workshops should play their role in this regard. The CM also reviewed the progress of the Multan Road project. Meanwhile, the deadly sting of dengue mosquito claimed eight more lives in the provincial metropolis, raising the death toll to 158 with 502 new cases reported on Saturday. The new victims of dengue include Kiran Munir 26, Babar Hussain 40 and Nusrat 26 who died at Mayo Hospital, while Fakhir 20 and Niamat 85 succumbed to the deadly mosquito bite at Lahore General Hospital. Rehana 40 and Rasheeda Bibi 60 lost their lives at Services Hospital, while Mubashar 17 died at Family Hospital. Out of 502 new cases, 95 persons were tested positive at Mayo Hospital for the dengue virus, 47 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 50 at Institute of Public Health, 42 at Sheikh Zaid Hospital, 27 at Lahore General Hospital, 36 at Children Hospital, 39 at Jinnah Hospital, 25 at Services Hospital and 145 at various private hospitals. Health Department officials in a media briefing said during the last 24 hours, out of 467 confirmed dengue cases in Punjab, 339 were reported in Lahore. They further said the total number of dengue patients in Punjab reached 12,846 out of which 11,243 belonged to Lahore. They said that so far 12,379 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from the hospitals whereas 1,649 dengue patients were under treatment in different hospitals of Punjab. Meanwhile, a 20-member team comprising doctors and entomologists of Indonesia has reached the provincial metropolis. The team met Punjab Secretary Health Muhammad Jehanzaib Khan and attended a meeting at a local hotel. It was decided in the meeting that in the light of the recommendations of the Indonesian medical experts, a strategy would be evolved for case management of dengue patients and eradication of dengue virus particularly looking after and special treatment of the patients in the ICU wards of teaching hospitals so that precious lives could be saved. Moreover, Punjab Secretary Agriculture Arif Nadeem has said that the medical experts of Indonesia will perform duties in high dependency units of teaching hospitals and provide training and technical assistance to the local doctors for this purpose. He said a cache of medicine used in residual spray would be distributed in different union councils. Moreover, 4,000 spray pumps would also be distributed for the community use.