LAHORE The menace of dengue continues to play havoc with the lives and health of Lahorites as 13 more died while another 661 were tested positive for the deadly virus on Saturday. The dead included five women, a child and Jehanzeb, a 30-year-old constable of chief ministers Elite Force squad. Others who lost their lives to the dreaded dengue included Muhammad Arshad (48) and Muhammad Tufail (70) who breathed their last at Mayo Hospital. Sunny Iqbal (20), a resident of Jallo, Ayaz Bhatti of Gulshan-e-Ravi, Faizan (22) of Garhi Shahu and Rukhsana Bibi (42) of Mian Mir Colony died at Services Hospital. Fauzia Bibi (5) and Sohail Ahmed (22) died at Lahore General Hospital while Sardaran Bibi (65) breathed her last at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Irshad Bibi (35), a resident of Cantonment, Razia Bibi (45) of Nishter Colony and Sumaira Bibi of Kala Khatai were also among the dengue-hit deceased. Out of the 661 new dengue fever cases, 159 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 87 at Sir Ganga Tam Hospital, 66 at Childrens Hospital, 53 at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, 35 at Services Hospital, 33 at Jinnah Hospital, 31 at Institute of Public Health and 25 at LGH while 172 were tested positive at other public sector private healthcare centres of the city. According to the Punjab Health Department, 379 new dengue cases were reported from across the province on Saturday and out of these 314 were from Lahore. He said that the total number of dengue patients in Punjab has reached 9,781 and out of these 8,769 are from Lahore. So far, 9,402 dengue patients have recovered whereas 1,462 patients are under treatment at various government and private hospitals. Giving briefing to the newsmen at KEMU committee room, Punjab Agriculture Secretary Arif Nadeem informed that Rs20 million have been released to each teaching hospital for providing special treatment to dengue patients; whereas four AC units have also been installed in the wards set up at LGH. He said that 150 more fogging machines were being imported while 200 were already being utilised in the insecticide and fumigation campaign in Lahore. The secretary said that action has been taken against 70 medical stores selling medicines used in dengue fever at exorbitant price. He informed that action was also taken against 41 laboratories for receiving more than Rs90 for blood test. Free treatment facilities were being provided to the dengue patients at all government hospitals, he claimed. He said that 11 deaths occurred due to dengue fever during the last 24 hours. Health Special Secretary Dawood Muhammad Khan informed that the government launched a vigorous and an organised campaign for creating awareness about the diagnosis and treatment of dengue patients and dengue virus as a result of which the rush of patients has started decreasing at outdoors of teaching hospitals. He further told that the federal government has issued NOC for importing dextron-40 medicine from India and Punjab Health Department has also placed order of importing drops costing Rs2 million and the company concerned would provide these drops within four days. He said that one each field hospital consisting of 16 beds was also being provided to the teaching hospitals of Lahore to avoid inconvenience to the patients. He told that walk-in-interviews were continuing for recruiting 1,000 nurses whereas 624 nurses have already been recruited and posted at different teaching hospitals. He told that the medical experts of Sri Lanka have given SOPs for treatment of dengue affected children which have been sent to administration of all teaching hospitals. The officials of Health Department and local medical experts have got an opportunity to learn from the long experience of Sri Lankan experts, he added.