LAHORE - Another life lost to dengue in the provincial capital on Monday. Sheri, 20, passed away at Ittefaq Hospital. Adding to that 57 more were tested dengue positive, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the province to 1,564.

Out of 57 new cases, 19 were reported from Holy Family Hospital, 11 from DHQ and one from Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi, six each from Jinnah Hospital and Lahore General Hospital, four each from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Shalamar Hospital, three from Ittefaq Hospital and one from Surgimed Hospital in Lahore and two from Allied Hospital Faisalabad.

Sindh is the worst hit by dengue, where so far 26 deaths have been reported. Out of 26, 24 died in the Sindh capital while two in Hyderabad.

The Lahore Combined Military Hospital reported a dengue death to the Dengue Control Programme director on October 27, a day after the Punjab Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal told a cabinet committee that no “dengue death was reported during the current year in the province”.

On the call of Punjab government, lawmakers and babus led rallies and held special sittings to mark Anti-dengue Day on November 3, calling for adopting precautionary measures.

Government offices, medical colleges, hospitals and schools remained opened and the officials participated in cleaning, fogging and spray on respective premises. Medical universities and colleges and public sector hospitals arranged events like seminars and walks.

Meanwhile, the healthcare commission arranged a seminar on ‘Latest Guidelines on Dengue for Family Physicians’ with the collaboration of Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians at a local hotel on Monday. Commissioner PHC Dr Amjad Saqib, Chief Operating Officer PHC Dr Ajmal Khan, President PAFP Aftab Iqbal Sheikh and Additional Director General Dengue Cell Punjab Dr. Jaffer Ilyas attended the seminar. Renowned experts Prof Javed Akram and Dr Ali Jawa briefed the participants about handling of dengue patients.