OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The provincial metropolis is leading in Dengue fever cases, leaving far behind other cities in the province as far as the numbers of affected persons are concerned. So far 182 persons have been tested positive for Dengue fever from across the province and out of these 156 are from the City. Though Lahore is having far better healthcare infrastructure than any other area in the province and a specialised wing and trained manpower to carryout fumigation and insecticide spray, it is not reflecting in statistics as around 90 per cent of the total dengue fever in the province are so far reported from the metropolis alone. Giving reasons behind far more cases in Lahore than other cities, the experts say that movement of patients toward the metropolis for treatment has put the Lahorites at greater risk than the citizens in other areas. Mosquitoes get virus after biting affected persons and then transmit to other persons through bite. Presence of more affected persons in Lahore has put the Lahorites at greater risk. The prevailing situation needs extra care and precautionary measures to save from the menace, the experts stated. With the sudden dip in the mercury level due to the prevailing wet spell, the numbers of dengue fever patients are increasing rapidly, raising alarms among the government circles and health professionals in general and among the masses in particular. More and more people are contacting public sector and private healthcare centres for laboratory analysis and treatment. On Wednesday, 70 persons were tested positive for dengue and out of these 64 were from Lahore. Two persons were tested positive for dengue from Faisalabad and one each from Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sargodha and Hafizabad. EDO Health Dr Umar Baloch said that the government had provided necessary diagnostic and treatment facilities at all the public sector hospitals. He said that first round of fumigation and insecticide spray would be completed in Lahore till August 19. He said that the government was focusing on affected areas to minimise the chances of dengue outbreak. He urged the citizens to take precautionary measures at own level to save themselves and family members from dengue fever.