LAHORE - Four more people have been tested positive for the dengue virus on Wednesday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 92.

Samiullah, 18, and Subhan Ahmed, 3, were tested positive for dengue at Lahore General Hospital, Fahad, 18, at Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi and Ansar Ali, 35, from Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Adviser to CM on Health Kh Salman Rafiq, showing concerns over reports of larvae and large number of dengue patients from Ferozwala, directed Sheikhupura Health EDO to carry out complete sweeping in the area.

Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat, he stressed the need of making joint efforts for controlling the menace at peak dengue season. Elected representatives, Commissioner Lahore Rashid Mahmood Langrial, DCO Lahore Muhammad Usman, Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr Salman Shahid, Additional DG  Health (Vector Born Disease) Dr Islam Zafar, Dean IPH Prof Muaz Ahmad, Prof Wasim Akram, Dr Somia Iqtidar from KEMU and senior officers of all the concerned departments attended the meeting.

DCO Lahore briefed about the anti-dengue activities carried out on daily basis in Lahore at Town and UC level. He said that intensified outdoor and indoor dengue surveillance and larvae-ciding has been carried out. He said that so far 601 FIRs have been registered and 263 people arrested for violation of Dengue Regulations Act.

Dr Islam Zafar said so far 88 confirmed dengue patients have been reported in Punjab, out of them 27 were from Lahore, 28 from Rawalpindi and 24 from Sheikhupura district.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that if dewatering was not possible from huge ponds, biological as well as chemical treatment of water bodies should be done to control mosquito breeding. He said that larvae have been reported from all the towns in a large quantity. He directed carrying out dengue surveillance, case response and larvae-ciding in sensitive areas. 

Child death probe begins:  The Punjab Health Department has constituted a two-member committee to probe the death of children at Bahawalnagar DHQ Hospital allegedly due to spurious drugs.

The body comprised Headquarters Director Dr Jamil Ch and Pharmacy Director Tafsheen. Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz said the team has left for Bahawalnagar to probe the incident.