LAHORE A research cell is being set up for the eradication of dengue and other such diseases under the direct supervision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The cell will exclusively carry out research on dengue and viral diseases and take steps for their eradication, the chief minister told a meeting he presided over here on Saturday. Shahbaz Sharif also told the meeting that a comprehensive preventive and curative plan against dengue should be evolved by October 15 and all-out resources would be provided for its implementation. The Institute of Public Health is also being mobilised, where special attention will be paid to research aimed at controlling viral diseases, he told the participants. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa, Chairman Planning & Board Javaid Aslam, Secretary Health Jehanzeb Khan, prominent physician Prof Faisal Masood and experts attended the meeting. The CM further said an effective strategy was being formulated and special groups of experts were being constituted for this purpose, which would focus their attention to combat this virus. It is need of the hour to fully activate and mobilise the IPH and most competent doctors and experts should be included in it. Besides activating the Institute, a separate research cell is also being set up for research, he said, while constituting a special committee to be headed by renowned physician Prof Faisal Masood. He added that besides allocating separate wards for dengue, including the subject of dengue in the syllabus of medical education and doctors training, this committee would formulate a strategy keeping in view all matters. Effective steps are very essential for eradication of dengue virus in future and no effort should be spared in this regard. Publication of informative subjects for preventive measures and protecting from dengue should be arranged and prominent doctors should be included in this process, he directed. Shahbaz Sharif also instructed that special research cell besides taking steps for eradication of dengue virus should also pay attention to the development of anti-dengue vaccine. No anti-dengue vaccine has been developed in the world so far. With the blessing of Allah Almighty and hard work of experts, Pakistan might become the first country of developing anti-dengue vaccine, he hoped. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif has directed that training of doctors should be arranged on war-footing in all dengue virus affected districts, and establishment of a separate institution for this purpose should also be considered. He added that special teams were being sent to Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura from Lahore, which would review the provision of treatment facilities to the dengue patients in the hospitals and provide necessary training and guidance to the doctors of these districts. He was presiding over a meeting to review the steps taken for eradication of dengue virus here on Saturday. Parliamentarians, Chief Secretary, secretaries of various departments and experts attended the meeting. The CM also said efforts being made by the elected representatives, officers and experts for serving to ailing humanity and eradication of dengue virus were commendable. Had the same spirit demonstrated for the development and prosperity of the country during the last 64 years, the country would not have been facing this situation and not been plunged in darkness, he opined, while mentioning that all resources were being utilised for provision of treatment facilities to the dengue patients and elimination of dengue virus. Fogging and spray system has also been made effective and the process of conducting spray in houses at union council level is continuing, he added. He repeated his notion that used imported tyres and tyres lying in open places were the hot beds of breeding of dengue virus. He directed that the spray should be ensured on the tyres stored in godowns and open places and in the second phase a plan should be evolved for shifting these godowns outside the cities and the transport department should give a briefing in this regard within next two days. He also directed that the model adopted for eradication of dengue in Lahore should be enforced in all districts of the province. Teachers of Biology and Zoology and the students should be included voluntarily in the anti-dengue campaign, he instructed. Secretary Health, Commissioner and District Coordination Officer Lahore informed about the steps taken for eradication of dengue virus.