LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the role of boy and girl students is of vital importance in 'Qadam Barhao Dengue Mukao campaign, and they should strive for promoting awareness in the people regarding maintenance of cleanliness in their houses, streets and the surroundings. People should not be scared of dengue but supplement the efforts of the government against this menace. There is a need to change the lifestyle for coping with the challenge of dengue virus and a comprehensive campaign has been launched against the scourge, he said, while talking to students during his visit to Government Model Girls High School, Model Town and Boys Degree College Shalimar on Monday. Minister Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, MNA Pervaiz Malik and his wife, and Secretary Education also accompanied him. Addressing the students, the CM said dengue virus was found in more than 80 countries of the world, and had been affected Thailand for 50 years and Sri Lanka for 30 years. He mentioned that the Sri Lankan government had controlled this disease to a large extent by adopting an effective strategy, and there was not much awareness about this epidemic in Pakistan; therefore a comprehensive strategy had been adopted with the consultation and assistance of the Lankan medical team. He added that Pakistani doctors and paramedical staff were now working round the clock in the service of ailing humanity, and the Punjab government had evolved short, medium and long term policy for coping with this challenge and besides establishing anti-dengue force, a research cell was also being set up under his direct supervision. A subject is also being added in the syllabus regarding preventive measures against dengue virus and it will be a compulsory reading for every student, he said, while appealing to boy and girl students to take part in the drive against dengue virus and play their role in promoting public awareness in this regard. Shahbaz Sharif further said the new generation was the guarantee of a bright future for the country, and it could put Pakistan on the road to progress and prosperity and transform it in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal through hard work and honesty. He reiterated his stance there was a need to get rid of foreign aid for achieving the goal of self-reliance. After elimination of dengue mosquito, this movement will be changed into a drive against corruption. There is need for such a leadership in the country which can overcome crises and ensure a respectable status for Pakistan in the comity of nations. The young generation will also have to play a vanguard role in the campaign for elimination of corruption and in the war against such elements as are engaged in the loot and plunder of national resources and will have to bring back the public money which is in Swiss banks for utilising it for the benefit of the people, he maintained. Meanwhile, According to a press release issued here on Monday, the CM was practically taking part in the campaign 'Qadam Barhao Dengue Mukao. He has started visiting educational institutions to mobilise students for this campaign side-by-side all segments of the society. During his visit to Government Model High School Model Town and Boys Degree College Shalimar, termed him their ideal CM, and said Shahbaz Sharif was such a leader who always stood with the people in the hour of trial, and had the urge to put the country on the road to progress and prosperity and restore its lost image. Male and female students assured the CM that they would not only work shoulder-to-shoulder with him during anti-dengue campaign, but would also play a leading role in making the country corruption free. Shahbaz Sharif visited Al-Ehsan Welfare Eye Hospital, and inquired after the patients suffering from dengue fever. President Al-Ehsan Welfare Society Sanaullah Khan, MNA Pervaiz Malik and MPA Haji Allah Rakha were also present on the occasion. The CM highly appreciated the services of the Society for the ailing humanity. He said provision of free medical facilities to dengue fever patients in this hour of trial was a commendable step for which the members of the society would be rewarded by Allah Almighty. Later, the CM visited various wards of the hospital and inquired about the health of dengue patients.