LAHORE In form dengue completed double ton since 14 more people including former Editor Dhaka Times lost battle of life to the deadly virus on Friday, taking the death toll to 207. Besides putting over a dozen more people on the list of dead in a day, the virus continued to force hundreds of Lahorites to go to public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres for preliminary tests, confirming 537 new cases on Friday and as such taking the overall tally to 24,342. Salauddin Muhammad (79), a diplomat, writer and senior journalist who served as Editor Dhaka Times, breathed his last at National Hospital Defence. Abdul Wahab (32), a resident of Begum Kot, Muhammad Yasin (17) of Gujarpura, Khalida Bibi (30), of Chah Miran, Saadi Ahmed (11), of Nankana Sahib, Muhammad Sharif (72), of Shahdara, Muhammad Rizwan (24), of Sanda and Abdul Rauf (52) of Shadbagh lost their lives at Mayo Hospital. Muhammad Majid (23) and Zarina (40) died at Services Hospital. Abdul Rasheed (40), a resident of Johar Town, died at Jinnah Hospital, Khalid Aziz (25) of Nankana Sahib at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Mubashar Ayoub (25) of Sheikhupura at Surgimed Hospital while Muhammad Ashiq of Nishat Colony breathed his last at Combined Military Hospital. Out of 537 new cases, 117 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 82 at Jinnah Hospital, 49 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 45 at Services Hospital, 33 at Childrens Hospital, 31 at Institute of Public Health, 28 at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, 15 at Lahore General Hospital while 137 were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, nine persons died in Punjab due to dengue fever during the last 24 hours, taking death toll to 186.Out of these 168 are from Lahore. As many as 312 persons tested positive for Dengue on Friday from across the province and out of these 258 belonged to Lahore. As such number of dengue patients in Punjab has reached 14,760 and out of these 12,761 are from Lahore. 14,448 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Punjab so far, out of which 12,503 are from Lahore. At present, 1,592 dengue patients are under treatment at various hospitals of the province, of which, 1,297 are in Lahore. Briefing the newsmen at King Edward Medical Universitys committee room, Director General Health Punjab, Dr Aslam Chaudhry said that there was considerable fall in dengue cases and rush of patients at OPDs was also decreasing. Additional Secretary Information and Culture Tahir Raza Hamdani, Vice Chancellor KEMU Prof Asad Aslam Khan, Director Health Information Management System Dr Anwar Janjua and other officers were also present. DG Health said that government was concerned over deaths and medical experts were making efforts for reducing mortality. He said that treatment was being provided to the patients at ICUs as per guidelines recommended by senior professors. He further told that besides providing 10,000 medicated mosquito nets to the patients at teaching hospitals, insecticide spray has also been carried out. He said that medical experts of Indonesia were assisting the doctors in providing treatment to the dengue patients at high dependency units of hospitals. He said that 10 seminars have been arranged in various towns of Lahore for creating awareness among the masses during last 24 hours in which 11,600 pamphlets were distributed and steps regarding indoor spray and vector control have been taken in 2,780 houses of 43 union councils. Moreover, CBC test of 21,107 patients were conducted at 10 blood centres set up in Lahore. He informed that a seminar would be organised on Saturday (today) at Alhamra for creating awareness among private doctors. Indonesian medical experts and members of committee comprising senior professors will participate. There will also be a question-answer session. VC KEMU Prof Asad Aslam said that 40 per cent decrease has been witnessed in common fever patients. He further said that the rush of patients has decreased at Mayo Hospital.