OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said here on Thursday that Punjab was in a state of war against the dengue fever as the virus was taking many valuable lives everyday. Short, medium and long term policies are being implemented for controlling this disease. All-out resources are being utilised for countering the challenge of dengue virus and this menace will be controlled through a coordinated strategy and collective efforts. Those who are serving the ailing humanity in this hour of trial deserve all appreciation and will be rewarded by Allah Almighty, he said while addressing a seminar regarding awareness against dengue fever and preventive measures at Alhamra Hall. Parliamentarians, member of Sri Lankan medical team, vice-chancellors of universities, medical superintendents and doctors of hospitals, students of medical colleges and a large number of people were present. The CM said the movement against dengue virus was in full swing and every effort would be made for eradication of this scourge, and the government was utilising all its energies and resources for coping with the challenge of dengue virus. Addressing the seminar, head of Sri Lankan medical team Dr Hasitha Tissera said the Punjab government was heading in the right direction for controlling dengue virus and had made excellent arrangements for its eradication. He added that patients of dengue fever were also being provided proper facilities in hospitals. Meanwhile, Shahbaz paid a surprise visit to Lahore General Hospital and Government Model Town Hospital and inspected the dengue counter and ward and inquired from the dengue patients. Sharif announced he would visit every house and shop to make the citizens realise their responsibilities regarding protection from dengue disease. He said this while visiting different houses, tyre shops and nurseries in Lahore on Thursday. Earlier, presiding a meeting to review the on-going drive against dengue virus, the CM?said a comprehensive strategy had been evolved to meet the challenge.