LAHORE - The menace of dengue continued to haunt people as 13 more were tested positive for the virus on Friday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 399.

Out of 13 new cases, 12 were reported from Rawalpindi and one from Lahore. So far 293 cases have been reported from Rawalpindi, 46 from Lahore and 33 from Sheikhupura.

Meanwhile, adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq presided over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on dengue at Civil Secretariat. Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Amir Sohail, Commissioner Lahore Division Rashid Mehmood Lagrial, District Coordination Officer Lahore Capt(R) Muhammad Usman, Additional Director General Health Epidemic Control Dr Islam Zaffar, Incharge Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof Wasim Akram, Dean IPH Prof Dr Nawaz Ahmad, Senior Officers of concerned departments, Incharge Officers of Town Response Committees, officers of Metrological Department, Police and EDOs Health of Lahore and Sheikhupura were present. The meeting reviewed the steps taken for dengue control in the province especially the situation in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura.

DCO Lahore informed that outdoor and indoor anti-dengue surveillance is continuing.

Dr Islam Zaffar said that there are five patients of dengue in Mayo Hospital, 65 in Holy Family Hopsital Rawalpindi, 27 in DHQ hospital Rawalpindi and 13 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi. He informed that the trend of dengue patients in Lahore and Sheikhupura has reduced however there is a rise in the number of patients in Rawalpindi.

He said that concerned departments and District Government Rawalpindi is focusing on dengue surveillance so as to control the breeding of mosquito. It was further informed that necessary medical facilities are being provided to dengue patients in hospitals free of cost and their proper care is being ensured. Regarding death of a suspected dengue patient at Services Hospital Lahore, it was informed that the case has been referred to Dengue Expert Advisory Group (DEAG) for verifying the causes of death and its report will be made public.