LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that a comprehensive plan has been evolved to ensure availability of consultants and doctors in hospitals during Eid-ul-Azha holidays for looking after dengue patients and he as well as elected representatives will visit hospitals to monitor medical facilities for the patients and attendance of doctors during holidays. He said that like Lahore, solid steps were also being taken for eradication of dengue and provision of curative facilities to the patients in other big cities of the province. He said that besides sending special teams, doctors and nurses of other cities had also been imparted training. The Chief Minister said that he would also hold meetings for reviewing the steps taken for eradication of dengue in different cities and provision of curative facilities to patients. He was presiding over a meeting of emergency committee for reviewing arrangements for eradication of dengue virus here on Friday. Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretaries, various provincial secretaries and experts were present. Secretary Health gave a detailed briefing regarding dengue situation, the number of patients and provision of curative facilities in hospitals. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that all possible steps had been taken to meet the challenge of dengue. He said that a comprehensive strategy had been devised for controlling this epidemic in future as well and steps would be taken at union council level. He said that although doctors and nurses had little knowledge about the menace of dengue yet their role in the elimination of this endemic is of vital importance. He said that Punjab government had also chalked out a comprehensive programme for training of doctors and nurses of public, private and welfare hospitals. He said that 100 doctors, experts and nurses were being sent to Thailand for training while doctors and nurses would also be sent to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore for this purpose. Issuing instructions for selecting doctors, experts and nurses for training abroad on merit and in a transparent manner, he said that the committee headed by Prof. Dr. Faisal Masood should select these persons. He said that training of family physicians and general practitioners in the treatment of dengue patients, looking after complicated patients and their shifting to other hospitals was arranged in all teaching hospitals from October 26 to November 3. Meanwhile, two more died in dengue mosquito attack on Friday, while around 58 new patients tested positive for the virus in the City. The dengue victims include Sumera, 32 and Mrs Ishtiaq, 28, died at Mayo Hospital and Services Hospital respectively. Meanwhile, nearly 98 more patients were tested positive for the virus all over the province including 58 in the provincial metropolis. According to Punjab Health Department report 90 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Punjab out of them, 54 patients reported in Lahore. The total number of dengue patients in Punjab has reached to 20489 out of them 17060 belongs to Lahore. According to the information of the department, 493 dengue patients were admitted in different hospitals in Punjab out of them 390 were under treatment in different hospitals of Lahore. According to the report, two deaths have been reported in Punjab during the last 24 hours. Unfortunately, the total number of deaths in Punjab has reached the figure of 310 and 270 in Lahore.