OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday announced Rs 0.5 million financial assistance to the heirs of each dengue virus victim. He made this announcement while presiding over a meeting of emergency committee held to review the steps taken for eradication of dengue virus in the province on Saturday. Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, secretaries of various departments and experts attended the meeting. The Chief Minister said that the drive for eradication of dengue virus is in full swing in which elected representatives, officers and experts are working as a social worker. He said that those doctors, paramedical staff and officers of the departments concerned who demonstrated best performance in the war against dengue will be encouraged and are actively serving the ailing humanity in the hour of trial. Shahbaz said that examples of public service witnessed during the campaign against dengue virus are unprecedented. He urged that the same passion of serving the ailing humanity should be adopted on permanent basis for eradication of dengue and other epidemic diseases. He said that besides government hospitals, training of doctors and general practitioners of private and trust hospitals for dengue has been made compulsory and training programmes have been started in various hospitals by evolving a programme in this regard, in which experts are imparting training to the senior doctors regarding treatment of dengue. He said that the previous practice of visits of consultants and professors to the hospitals in the evening has been revived, which will further improved the looking after the patients and will also leave positive psychological effects on the patients. He said that thousands precious lives were saved due to the blessing of Allah Almighty, hard working of doctors and provision of best medical facilities to the patients in High Dependency Units. He said that the old and used tyres as well as graveyards are the hot spots of breeding of dengue. He said that an effective action plan has been evolved for taking action against the owners of used tyres throughout the province, under which besides 2700 tyre shops, action has been taken against godowns and government departments for eradication of dengue virus in Lahore. He said that an awareness campaign has also been launched among the masses regarding dengue virus in graveyards and the people has been asked to cooperate in this regard. He said that imported six cell separators have been installed in the hospitals of Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi and Lahore which have starting functioning. He said that dispensaries have also been mobilized for providing curative facilities to the people at their doorstep and 18 dispensaries of Labour Department have also started working. He said that a special campaign of Solid Waste Management for removing garbage from big plots of the city is continuing and stressed the need that such a system should be evolved that the garbage once removed from these plots should not be accumulated again. He said that platelets are easily available in the hospitals and the performance of departments concerned is excellent in this regard. On identification of larvae in the pond of University of Engineering and Technology, he directed to immediately send a team there. Earlier, the Chief Secretary informed the meeting that the arrangements have been completed to send the doctors abroad for training of dengue whereas training programme for the doctors of private hospitals has also been evolved. Secretary Health gave a detailed briefing regarding dengue situation, steps taken for its eradication and provision of curative facilities in the hospitals of the province. Secretary Local Government informed that the process of spray in all graveyards has been completed. Secretary Environment gave a detailed briefing regarding steps taken for elimination of dengue virus in the old used tyres and scrape houses.