OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said maximum fee for dengue virus test will be Rs 90 and private laboratories will not charge more than this. He directed that implementation on new rates should be ensured and action should be taken against laboratories for overcharging. He was addressing a meeting of Emergency Committee to review the steps taken for elimination of dengue virus here on Saturday. Addressing the meeting, the CM said the government had devised a coordinated strategy for elimination of dengue virus under which not only solid steps were being taken for eradication of this virus, but best treatment facilities were also being provided to the patients in the hospitals. He added that modern machines and additional staff had also been provided in the hospitals. All arrangements including chairs, air-conditioners and additional machines have been improved for the convenience of the patients in Lahore General Hospital Lahore. The patients and their attendants had also appreciated these arrangements, Shahbaz told the meeting. He directed that arrangements should also be made in all big hospitals of the City on the pattern of the LGHL. He mentioned that nine filter clinics had started functioning in Model Town, Wahdat Colony, Bilal Ganj, Pathi Ground, Chohan Road, Raiwind, Kahna, Chung and Township in Lahore and modern machines had been provided there for diagnostic purposes. Similarly, ten dispensaries of district government equipped with modern facilities will also be mobilised within a day or two, he added. He said planning was also under consideration for fully activating more than 100 dispensaries of Lahore and these would soon start providing medical facilities to the people. Whatever humanly possible is being done for elimination of dengue virus and provision of medical facilities to the people, will yield positive results, he hoped, while adding that five additional machines for blood test of dengue fever patients and a cell separator as well as other facilities had been provided at the Social Security Hospital Manga-Raiwind Road. He appealed to the people that instead of going to big hospitals, they should benefit from the existing modern medical facilities in this hospital. Cooperation of private laboratories for blood test is a commendable step and they should ensure the blood test on fixed rates, he said. He directed that a comprehensive report with regard to spray in private educational institutions be submitted on Monday (tomorrow) and town committees would be bound to give certificates regarding spray. The Chief Minister directed that a special cell should also immediately be set up for redressal of the complaints about dengue virus. He said the citizens could also get registered their complaints on helpline with regard to overcharging by private laboratories. Secretary Health Jehanzeb Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding dengue virus situation and steps taken for its eradication in the province. Additional Chief Secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif informed that modern machines had been provided in nine filter clinics in the provincial metropolis. Secretary Schools Muhammad Aslam Kamboh told that the process of spray in government schools has almost been completed.