LAHORE - It would be wrong to say that dengue virus has become an epidemic, as only 87 cases of this virus had been registered across the province since January this year, claimed Punjab Health Department authorities. EDO Health Lahore, Dr Umer Farooq Baloch and Director Health, Dr Aslam Chaudhry made this claim while giving a media briefing on Tuesday. They further claimed that people are not worry about the availability of platelet kits, as only one or two percent require the stated kits. They said that WASA, Solid Waste Management, Horticulture Authority and people should jointly work to counter the dengue attack. Provincial health authorities appealed to the media that they should continue their campaign for removing unnecessary fear among the people regarding the dengue virus, as the disease was curable. They said that all the public hospitals were providing free medical facilities to the patients of dengue virus. Meanwhile, following the instructions of Punjab Health Secretary Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, Additional Secretary Health (Estb) Dawood Muhammad Khan visited Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Services Hospital and Institute of Blood Transfusion to review the diagnostic and treatment arrangements for dengue patients. Medical Superintendent Dr Ajaz Sheikh briefed the Additional Secretary about the arrangements in the hospital. He informed that Eliza kits in sufficient quantity were available in the hospital for diagnostic purpose.