LAHORE - Due to the vigorous efforts and a comprehensive public awareness campaign of Health Department, dengue fever has been controlled. Only 29 cases of dengue fever have been reported in 2009 whereas the number of dengue patients in 2008 was 1332. Chairman Chief Ministers Task Force on Spurious Drugs, Dr Saeed Elahi stated this while addressing a press conference regarding dengue fever here on Friday. EDO (Health) Dr Fayyaz Ranjha and other officers of Health Department were also present on the occasion. Dr Saeed Elahi said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had given a special task to the health department of controlling dengue virus and personally monitored the whole process. Dr Saeed said fogging and residual spray was also undertaken and the process is still continuing. He said public awareness campaign launched by the health department had yielded the desired results and people adopted precautionary measures besides spray of their houses. He further stated seven cases of dengue fever had so far been registered in Data Ganj Baksh Town whereas the number of dengue fever patients was 319 in 2008. Similarly, one case has been reported in Shalimar Town as compared to 403 in 2008, seven cases in Samanabad Town against 269 in 2008, 2 in Ravi Town against 167 in 2008, 4 in Allama Iqbal Town against 134 in 2008 and eight cases of dengue fever had so far been registered in Wahga Town whereas the patients of dengue fever in 2008 were 40. Dr Saeed informed that 391 ponds and 114 drains in various towns of the City were being filled with mud so that breeding of mosquitoes could be controlled. He further informed that arrangements were being made for dengue virus tests in government laboratories of the blood samples taken from the dispensaries of union councils. He said facilities of all dengue fever tests were available at IPH, Jinnah and Mayo Hospitals. He said health department was closely monitoring this disease. Dr Saeed expressed the hope that this decease would be overcome with the cooperation of people as well as efforts of health department. Umbreen to receive 'Star Laureate award Punjab University (PU) Department of Political Science Chairperson Dr Umbreen Javaid has been selected for the 'Star Laureate - 2008 award by the South Asian Publications Pakistan. She has been selected among 100 short-listed aspirants and eventually declared as 'Star Laureate - 2008 on national level in recognition of her credentials par excellence. Dr Umbreen is also the editor of Journal of Political Studies. She has written two books titled 'Politics of Bahawalpur, from State to Region (1947-2000) and 'Peace and Security in South Asia: Issues and Challenges. Her book 'Politics of Bahawalpur, from State to Region (1947-2000) was awarded best book of 2004 (3rd prize) by the Punjab government. She was also awarded best teacher award by the PU in 2002.