LAHORE The ruthless dengue put to sword five more people at various hospitals in the City on Friday, taking the death toll to 290. Besides taking lives of five more people in a day, the deadly virus continued to force hundreds of Lahorites to approach public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres for preliminary tests, confirming 292 new cases and as such taking the overall tally till today to 29, 272. Razia Bibi 68, a resident of Mughalpura, breathed her last at Ghurki Hospital. Naseem, 60, a resident of Faisalabad, died at Mayo Hospital, Muhammad Amjad, 80, of Bilal Gunj at Services Hospital and Mohsan Ali, 70, of Green Town at Jinnah Hospital while Ayyaz Munir of Jhelum died at Fauji Foundation Hospital. Out of 292 new dengue cases, 56 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 40 at Services Hospital, 27 at Jinnah Hospital, 26 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 20 at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 17 at Childrens Hospital, 15 at Institute of Public Health, 12 at Lahore General Hospital while remaining were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, three persons died due to dengue fever during the last 24 hours, thus taking number of deaths in Punjab to 261 including 232 in Lahore. As many as 242 new dengue cases were reported from across the province including 199 from Lahore. Total number of dengue patients in Punjab has reached 18, 300 including 15, 609 in Lahore. As many as 1,385 patients were under treatment at various hospitals in the province including 1,052 in Lahore. So far 1, 8034 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from different hospitals of Punjab, out of which, 15, 408 belonged to Lahore. Briefing the newsmen at Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Director Health Information Management System Dr Anwar Janjua said that 437 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from various hospitals in Lahore during the last 24 hours out of which 105 were from Mayo Hospital, 64 from LGH, 19 from Mian Munshi Hospital, 33 from Services Hospital, 81 from Jinnah Hospital, 10 from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, 120 from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and five from Children Hospital. Principal FJMC Prof Rakhshanda Rehman, Prof Samina Akram, MS Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr Ijaz Ahmad Sheikh and other senior doctors were also present. Dr Janjua said that mechanical and chemical methods were being used for dengue vector control and it was observed during surveillance that 97 per cent places inside the houses and 94 per cent places outside were found vector free. He further told that public awareness campaign was continuing and 13 seminars have been organized in various towns of Lahore during the last 24 hours and 11150 pamphlets distributed among the participants. He informed that case response indoor spray and other vector control activities were conducted in 2000 houses of 71 union councils of different towns. Moreover, CBC blood tests of 25364 patients have so far been performed at 10 different blood testing centres established in town level. While responding to a question, Prof Rakhshanda Rehman said that guidelines and protocols have already been prepared for the treatment of dengue affected pregnant women. She said that in normal cases, surgery of dengue affected women should be avoided and only in emergency, it could be performed with extra-ordinary care during which platelets and blood must be arranged for infusion to the patient.