LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday ordered immediate recruitment of 1,000 nurses to augment government efforts in its fight against dengue fever. He also said whatever resources were required, would be provided to end the menace of deadly virus. Presiding over meetings of the Core Group and Special Emergency Committee set up for eradication of dengue virus, here on Sunday, the chief minister directed that the ongoing campaign against dengue virus should be further accelerated and whatever was humanly possible should be done for protecting the people from this calamity. He said that private hospitals not providing free treatment to the patients and the laboratories involved in overcharging deserve no leniency. He said that natural calamity should be not taken as an opportunity for profiteering and it was the responsibility of private hospitals and laboratories to supplement the efforts of the government and earn the blessing of Almighty Allah by ensuring free medical facilities to the patients. While setting up various committees and issuing instructions for further speeding up the ongoing campaign against dengue virus, he directed these committees to submit reports on daily basis about the steps taken for eradication of dengue virus. He said an extensive media campaign should be launched for ensuring participation of all segments of the society in the movement against dengue virus. Similarly, he added, public awareness should be promoted regarding preventive measures against the disease by paying door-to-door visits. Members of the medical team of Sri Lanka, Members National and Provincial Assembly, secretaries of various departments, principals of Medical Colleges and senior doctors attended the meetings. Addressing the meetings, the chief minister said a comprehensive policy was being implemented in consultation with experts. He said that 11 filter clinics had started providing medical facilities to the people at various places of the city. A planning was also being made for mobilizing more than 1000 dispensaries in the city, he said, adding, that Punjab government had offered philanthropists and welfare institutions to take over the control of these dispensaries and convert them into free treatment centers for dengue patients for earning the blessings of Allah. Dr. Hasitha Tissera of the medical team from Sri Lanka talking on this occasion said that dengue virus had become a social problem and the people had to work shoulder to shoulder with the government for its elimination and will have to keep their houses, streets and shops clean. Appreciating the steps taken for provision of medical facilities to the patients of dengue virus in the hospitals, he said that Punjab government led by Chief Minister Punjab was moving in the right direction for elimination of this virus.