OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The ruthless dengue continued to haunt the Lahorites since five more people lost their lives at different hospitals in the City on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 309. Besides taking life five persons 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 213 new cases on Wednesday and as such taking the overall tally to 30512. Inayat Ullah (75), a resident of Nishat Colony, breathed his last at Combined Military Hospital, Fazal Masih (55) of Mian Mir Colony and Mubeen Qasim (26) of Rehman Pura at Sheikh Zayed Hospital while Hafiz Abdul Rehman (17) of Shadbagh and Muhammad Waseem (13) of Ch Miran died at Mayo Hospital. Out of 213 new dengue cases, 32 were tested positive at Mayo Hospital, 27 at Jinnah Hospital, 20 at Services Hospital, 19 at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 14 at Childrens Hospital, 10 at Lahore General Hospital, 09 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and 06 at Institute of Public Health while remaining were reported from other public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres in the City. According to the Punjab Health Department, four persons lost their lives due to dengue fever in the City, taking the death toll to 281 in Punjab including 248 in Lahore. Moreover, 185 confirmed cases have been reported in Punjab including 100 in Lahore. As such number of dengue patients in Punjab has reached 19304 including 16331 in Lahore. So far 19018 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from different hospitals in Punjab out of which, 16227 are from Lahore. At present 1186 patients are under treatment at hospitals in Punjab out of which, 834 are in Lahore. As many as 271 dengue patients have been cured and discharged from various hospitals of Lahore during the last 24 hours. Out of these, 81 patients have been discharged from Mayo Hospital, 78 from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 33 from Services Hospital, 27 from LGH, 18 each from Jinnah Hospital and Mian Munshi Hospital, 11 from Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, 04 from Childrens Hospital and 01 from Said Mitha Hosptial. Briefing the newsmen regarding dengue at Childrens Hospital, Dean Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital Prof Tahir Masood has said that Sri Lankan experts were of the view that the death toll could have reached in thousands if the Chief Minister Punjab would not have worked round the clock and best medical treatment facilities were not provided. Medical Director Children Hospital Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Additional Director Health Department Dr Khalique Qureshi and other officers were also present. Prof Tahir Masood said that the government steps have lot of importance but the community participation was necessary to combat this menace as dengue mosquito breed in the sources within the houses. He said that sincere efforts and hard work was necessary to prevent from the dengue in the next season. He observed that fluid management of dengue patients was entirely different as compared to other patients and in this way, the local experts have made a lot of improvement in their patient management system with the help of Sri Lankan experts who had a vast experience in this field. He said that so far lives of 112 children have been saved in high dependency unit of Childrens Hospital. He told that only one child died due to dengue hemorrhagic fever. He informed that 24838 patients were brought to the hospital with fever, out of them, 22533 CBC blood tests performed, whereas 1600 patients were found dengue positive. He said that 1047 children were treated in the hospital as indoor patient. He informed that round the clock monitoring of the patients admitted in HDU was being conducted and consultants were examining the children after every 15 minutes. Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore informed the media-men that the ICH has prepared guidelines for the treatment of children affected by dengue virus with the help of Sri Lankan experts and these have been circulated to the healthcare centres across the province. Moreover, training of 1800 paediatricians and nurses was also conducted. He said that now training has been imparted to general practitioners and family physicians in Children Hospital. He said that best treatment facilities were being provided under one roof to the dengue patients.