LAHORE - As many as 27 people were tested positive for dengue at various hospitals on Tuesday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 585.
Out of 27 new cases, 16 were reported from Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, 10 from different hospitals in Lahore and one from Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur.
So far 275 confirmed cases have been reported from Lahore, 200 from Rawalpindi, 59 from Sheikhupura, 11 from Faisalabad, 08 from Bahawalpur, 05 from Multan, two each from Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Pakpattan, Rahim Yar Khan, Toba Tek Singh and Vehari and one each from Attock, Bahawalnagar, Chakwal, Chiniot, D G Khan, Gujrat, Kasur, Lodhran, Muzaffar Garh, Nankana Sahib, Okara, Sahiwal, Sargodha and Sialkot.
Meanwhile, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital Prof Anjum Habib Vohra has said that dengue can be eradicated by keeping high standard of cleanliness.
Chairing a meeting held here on Tuesday to review arrangements against dengue, he resolved to continue the drive till complete eradication of the menace. Prof Agha Shibir Ali, Dr Amjad Shahzad, Dr Waqar Nabi Bajwa, Dr Junaid Mirza, Dr Arif Shahzad Bhatti, In-charge blood bank, nursing staff and other senior doctors attended the meeting.
Prof Vohra said that lethargy or negligence regarding treatment of dengue patients would never be tolerated. He urged the nursing staff to keep patients up to date. He also directed the Lab In-charge to be careful in preparing the diagnostic reports of various diseases including dengue. He said that the ratio of dengue patients was very low during current year and medical experts even from Sri Lanka and Thailand have also commended the steps taken by the Punjab Government.
He said that seminars, special lectures and training workshops regarding dengue would continue throughout the year.