LAHORE The menace of dengue fever continues to play havoc with the lives and health of Lahorites since seven more lost their lives while another 823 were tested positive for the deadly virus on Saturday. Another five people died in other cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Maimoona Khawaja (72) died at Fauji Foundation Hospital, Kajul (18) at Services Hospital, Muhammad Jamil (40) at Shalimar Hospital, Mahmood Ahmed (55) at Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, Muhammad Azam (60) and Mutahir (57) in T & T Colony while Muhammad Rizwan (16) lost his life at Ittefaq Hospital. As many as 823 persons were tested positive for dengue fever in the City, taking the overall tally to 11,285 till Saturday. Meanwhile, Punjab Secretary Agriculture Capt (r) Arif Nadeem has said that discussion of locals with the Sri Lankan experts and sharing of knowledge regarding dengue would yield positive results and the government would soon succeed in devising strategy for controlling the dengue. During media briefing regarding present situation of dengue at committee room of KEMU, he told the Sri Lankan experts during their visit to different hospitals expressed satisfaction over the medical facilities being provided to the patients and said best facilities were being provided to the patients at government hospitals. He said as per the Sri Lankan experts, this mosquito bites 90 per cent people in houses and fogging, and the outside spray was not useful. The experts said dengue mosquito lays eggs at a dry place and after pouring of water on these eggs, larva and then mosquito breeds. The experts of Sri Lanka expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements of CBC blood test within three-four minutes in government hospitals of Lahore. Quoting the figures of dengue patients, Arif Nadeem said 5,936 dengue patients had recovered so far in the province whereas total number of patients reported in Punjab was 6,147 out of which 5,715 patients belonged to Lahore. He said 400 new dengue cases were reported in Lahore during the last 24 hours whereas 13 patients tested dengue in other cities. Similarly, 19 deaths were confirmed due to dengue so far. KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan, Addl Secretary Information Tahir Raza Hamdani, Punjab Director General Health Dr Aslam Chaudhry, MPA Kh Salman Rafique, Mayo Hospital MS Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Prof Irshad Hussain and Prof Moaz Ahmed were also present during the briefing. Arif Nadeem said report of every death due to dengue fever would be sent to the chief minister after due verification. The DG Health told that the Sri Lankan experts had more knowledge and experience about the larviciding and they had knowledge on this subject as the dengue virus diseases were 40-50 years old in Sri Lanka. He further said the experts of Punjab had learnt a lot from the Sri Lankan team. The Lankan team held meetings at Allama Iqbal Medical College with health authorities. Prof Dr Javed Akram, Dean IPH Prof Dr Yaqub Qazi, doctors and senior officers briefed the Sri Lanka team about the present situation in this hospital. Head of Sir Lanka Team Dr Hassitha Tessessira briefed senior doctors and professors regarding the latest research and their findings on dengue and shared experience of their country. The Lanka team visited different areas in Model Town. They visited Divisional Public School, parking area in Main Market and different houses to examine dengue larva and virus position. They took water samples and tested them on the spot. Later, the team also visited out door and in door sections of Jinnah Hospital. Provincial Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh said sufficient funds had been provided by the Punjab government for eradicating dengue from the province. Chairman Emergency Response Committee for Dengue Virus, Ravi Town, MNA Malik Muhammad Riaz said people might contact him personally in the office of Ravi Town from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for any complaint regarding spray and cleanliness issues. MPA Dr Asad Ashraf said the government was using spray medicines according to the advice of World Health Organization (WHO). Later on, he presided over a reviewing meeting regarding steps being taken so far for controlling the dengue virus. The Chairman directed TMO Ravi Town to finish first round of anti-mosquito spray as soon as possible and its follow up programme would also be made within two days. He warned that any negligence regarding spray would not be tolerated. Chairman Dengue Control Committee Nishter Town MNA Naseer Bhutta said all available resources were being used to over-come the dengue virus. He directed the Nishter Town administration to conduct spray regularly in the urban and rural areas to improve the cleanliness and hygienic conditions. He also directed the private and government schools administration for early completion of fogging. He directed the sanitation and sold waste management authorities to remove the debris and waste and spray chemicals on the dumping points. Chairman Response Committee, Data Gunj Bukhsh Town, MNA Bilal Yaseen directed the town municipal administration to purchase 200 more spray machines by Sunday to gear up spray campaign against the dengue virus in the town. He said a fogging machine would also be handed over to the TMA till Sunday evening. He directed the private and government schools administration for early completion of fogging. Chairman Dengue Control Committee, Wahga Town, MPA Rana Tajjamal said the administration would utilize all the resources to cope with Dengue virus. He said six teams had been constituted for spray in 164 houses in Wahga Town. Ch Farmaish Ali TMO Wahga Town directed the town officials to remove the garbage and waste. He said that a help line had been set up at Wahga Town. Any kind of information regarding the dengue fever could be obtained from this helpline. Chairman Emergency Response Committee, Samanabad Town, Mian Marghoob Ahmad said that marriage halls and cinemas were bound to conduct spray of the medicines approved by health department and the procedure suggested by it on their own expenses so that visiting people could be prevented from dengue virus. Some 50 teams for indoor residual spray were also constituted in the meeting which have been assigned the target to conduct spray in the houses of 71 dengue patients and the 100 meter surrounding areas. Agencies add: At least five people Saturday died in various hospitals of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwan. A woman died of dengue fever in a hospital at Kasur. Besides, at least 20 people were tested dengue positive here while nine of them were shifted to Lahore for better treatment. The number of infected people has risen to 10 in Bahawalnagar, 50 in Multan and 80 in Sarghoda. According to the KP health department, two patients died of dengue in Haripure here on Saturday. Some two patients lost lives in Mansehra and Nowshera hospitals. Total 128 infected patients were admitted to various hospitals in the province while the national health department confirmed 48 dengue cases. Monitorying Desk adds: All the service stations meant for washing of vehicles have been shut down across the city as a measure to prevent the rapidly spreading dengue virus, reported a private TV channel on Sunday. Fatal dengue sting claims 12 more lives