our staff reporter LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that proper awareness, training and skill was not available in the beginning regarding dengue virus but the historic efforts made during the last two months to overcome this disease, which had been acknowledged even by experts, had helped save thousands of precious lives. He was presiding over a meeting to review dengue situation and measurers for its control, here on Wednesday, he He said that though it was an uphill task to cope with the challenge posed by the worst outbreak of dengue virus in the history however tireless efforts were made and an effective strategy was adopted by Punjab government to counter this menace. He said that short, medium and long term Dengue Plan had been evolved for the eradication of dengue virus which will soon be announced. Members National and Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, secretaries of various departments, experts and head of Sri Lankan medical team were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the role of family physicians and general practitioners was of vital importance for controlling dengue virus and under Dengue Control Regulation, it had become compulsory for them to gain information and training in treatment of dengue patients. The chief minister was told that professors and senior consultants had also started visiting their hospitals in the evening which had helped provide better treatment facilities to the patients. Shahbaz Sharif was informed that consultants were also visiting private, charity and small hospitals and they examined 231 patients in 15 hospitals on Tuesday and five complicated dengue patients were shifted to teaching hospitals for treatment. Training of doctors was also continuing under the aegis of Institute of Public Health and doctors and nurses of private and public sector hospitals were participating in this programme, the chief minister was told further. The meeting was told that a well-organized, modern and simple system has also been evolved for the supply of healthy blood to patients and the process of registration was being started from tomorrow for Punjab Blood Line and special camps will be set up for this purpose at important places in the provincial metropolis. The CM commended the efforts of Director General, PHA, Abdul Jabbar Shaheen for improvement of cleanliness arrangements in washrooms and other areas of hospitals. Earlier, Secretary Health, Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan while giving a briefing regarding dengue situation in the province and the measures taken for eradication of the virus informed that the number of dengue patients was gradually reducing while the mortality rate had also decreased. He said that only one person lost his life due to dengue yesterday. Secretary Food informed about the arrangements against dengue virus in hotels, restaurants and eateries as well as cleanliness arrangements. He said that special teams had visited 1497 places so far and 271 such spots were inspected on Tuesday. The special teams also include entomologists. Commissioner Lahore gave briefing regarding fogging, spray and cleanliness campaign. He said that under the cleanliness campaign, more than one lakh 26 thousand tons solid waste has been removed from different places. Secretary Education apprised the meeting of dengue awareness seminars in educational institutions, counseling of patients in hospitals and the progress regarding inclusion of preventive measures against dengue in syllabus. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif said that the fate of looters, plunderers and inefficient rulers has been sealed and the Pakistan Muslim League-N rally for the survival of the country on October 28 will prove this fact. He was addressing members National and Provincial Assembly and PML-N office bearers regarding October 28th rally, here on Wednesday. He said that the incompetent ruling gang had given nothing except darkness and despondency to the people who were facing worst load-shedding, corruption and price-hike.