LAHORE - Though the government claims to reduce the menace to a greater extent by effectively carrying out fumigation and insecticide spray, dengue fever patients continued to visit public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres across the province including the City in increasing number. As many as 1158 dengue fever cases have been reported from across the province so far and out of these 1011 patients are from the provincial metropolis. On Wednesday, 110 new patients of dengue fever have been reported from across the province and out of those 101 have been admitted at the public sector and private healthcare centres in the City. Increasing number of dengue cases has caused shortage of platelets kits in the market, providing an opportunity to profiteers and hoarders to mint easy money by selling the item at an inflated price. Sensing the gravity of the situation, the Punjab Health Department has requested WHO to immediately import platelets kits to facilitate patients and to check the price of item in the market by ending artificial shortage. Secretary Health Punjab Fawad Hassan Fawad has directed district administration across the province to launch a crackdown against hoarding of platelets kits and its sale in the market at much higher rates. According the health department officials, Blood Transfusion Department has the facility of separating platelets from blood. They say that the Children Hospital and Jinnah Hospital were providing the facility of separating platelets from blood. They further say that all the teaching hospitals were providing free platelets kits to dengue fever patients.