KARACHI/LAHORE - The Sindh Dengue Surveillance Cell has said that another patient of dengue died on Thursday.

According to reports, the death of one more patient extended death toll to 11 in the province.

The deceased, resident of Federal B, was admitted to a private hospital on August 29 while she died on August 31 but her death reported on September 5. As many as 15 new dengue cases, including 14 in Karachi, have been reported in the province during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1000.

Meanwhile, Lahore Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal said the performance regarding anti-dengue drive is not satisfactory in Gulberg so the environment inspectors must visit all suspected places. He directed them to monitor performance of the teams on daily basis.

He was chairing a meeting regarding anti-dengue review in Gulberg. MPAs Khawaja Salman Rafique, Mian Mohsin Latif, Dr Farzana Nazir, Dr Waseem, Model Town AC Shakeel Bhatti, Saeed Riaz, Arshad Ahmed Khan and officers of departments concerned also attended the meeting. The commissioner instructed the fisheries experts to put a sign where biological treatment would be done to avoid the chemical treatment.

The commissioner said only with the help of technical experts fogging could be done but mechanical procedure to kill the larval sites should be preferred. The commissioner was told that according to health dashboard, two positive patients from Gulberg appeared and after that FIRs had been lodged against 15 owners.

Separately, Lahore DCO Naseem Sadiq has said the City District Government will launch an awareness campaign for drug addicts after the drive against beggars. He said the government is going to launch operation with the cooperation of the teachers and students of 26 colleges and universities for the elimination of baggers from the city. The DCO presided over a meeting and sought suggestions from the students for the elimination of the begging.

He said the drive could not be successful without the participation of the teachers and students as they can play pivotal role for the elimination of begging and drug addiction. The meeting was attended by MPA Khawaja Sulman Rafiq, Darul Amaan caretaker Misbaur Rehman, DDO Muhammad Ashraf, Hamayun Rasheed and others. The DCO informed the meeting as many as 72 thousand beggers and drug addicts are present in the city and in this regard a crackdown for the elimination of begging is on the cards and would soon be implemented. He said awareness would be created among citizens for the eradication of begging by distributing pamphlets with bread packets.

The DCO appealed the citizens to avoid charity to the beggars as 90 percent beggars are also drug addicts.