LAHORE - Three more swine flu patients lost their lives yesterday, taking the death toll till today to 16.

Rehmat Rehman, 61, Syed Mumtaz, 61, and Hameeda Bibi, 71 breathed their last at Sheikh Zayed Hospital Lahore.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued instructions to provincial cabinet committee to take all possible steps for controlling swine flu in the province.

The Cabinet committee must be protective to curb spread of the disease and pursue every means in this regard.

Through a statement, the chief minister directed the committee to launch vigorous awareness campaign against swine flu and ensure easy availability of medicine for the treatment of the disease.

“No effort should be spared in the treatment of the patients of swine flu and the provincial cabinet committee should monitor treatment facilitates for swine flu patients in hospitals,” he added.

The chief minister said that awareness should be promoted among the masses regarding protection from swine flu . He said that cabinet committee should closely monitor the measures for overcoming swine flu .

He said that all out treatment facilities should be provided to the patients of swine flu in hospitals and visits to hospitals should be conducted and a report should be submitted regarding available medical facilities.

The chief minister warned that no laxity will be tolerated in the treatment of the patients of swine flu and protective measures against the decease.

Separtely, the CM yesterday night paid a visit to Punjab Institute of Cardiology without protocol, a handout said.

He enquired after the patients and also inquired from their family members about the treatment facilities being provided there, the handout said.

The patients and their attendants expressed their satisfaction over the provision of treatment facilities. The Chief Minister also inquired after the father of Mohsin Latif, former MPA of PML-N and prayed for his early recovery. Shahbaz directed the administration to ensure provision of quality treatment facilities to the patients at every cost. MNA Pervaiz Malik and Parliamentary Secretary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir were also present on the occasion.