LAHORE The menace of dengue fever continued to haunt Lahorites as it took five more lives, including a police constable, on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 280. Besides putting to sword five more people in a day, the ruthless dengue forced hundreds of Lahorites to approach public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres for preliminary tests, confirming 290 new cases on Wednesday and as such taking the overall tally to 28,684. Muhammad Anwar, a Police Head Constable, breathed his last at Doctors Hospital. Muhammad Nazir (60), a resident of Sanda, and Muhammad Ali (20) of Mozang lost their lives at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Javaid Asghar (50) of Islampura at Mayo Hospital while Nabeela (35) of Ichhra died at Services Hospital. Out of 290 new cases, 59 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 30 at Jinnah Hospital, 22 each at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 19 at Institute of Public Health, 17 at childrens Hospital, 12 at Lahore General Hospital, 11 at Services Hospital while 98 were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, five patients lost their lives during the last 24 hours. As such death toll in Punjab has risen to 252 including 224 in Lahore. As many as 185 confirmed dengue cases have been reported in Punjab including 155 in Lahore. Thus total number of dengue patients in the province has risen to 17,772, of which, 15,235 were from Lahore. So far 17,515 dengue patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals in Punjab out of which, 15,075 belonged to Lahore. At present, 1,340 dengue patients were under treatment at different hospitals of the province, out of which, 155 were in Lahore. Briefing the newsmen at King Edward Medical University, Secretary Agriculture Punjab (Focal Person on Dengue) Arif Nadeem said that the government would provide financial assistance to the heirs of all those who died due to dengue at government and private hospitals without any discrimination. Vice Chancellor KEMU Prof Asad Aslam Khan, Director General Health Dr Aslam Ch and other officers of health department were also present. Secretary Agriculture told that government had constituted a high level committee headed by Chief Secretary Punjab to scrutinise the cases of deaths occurred due to dengue and deaths record from all the hospitals had been sought so that financial assistance could be provided to the heirs of each deceased at the earliest.