LAHORE: The Government of Punjab, in the latest measure to control the spread of dengue, has imposed Section 144 in Lahore to ban washing of cars in the streets and to fix charges for laboratory tests, Express 24/7 reported on Saturday.
Under Section 144, private hospitals have been ordered not to charge more than Rs90 for a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test, which is required to ascertain the presence of the dengue virus in a patient.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has warned of stern action against doctors who are exploiting patients by charging more than the prescribed fee.
A total ban has been imposed on washing cars in the streets to avoid accumulation of water in residential and commercial areas.
Residents have been also been asked to keep their water reservoirs covered.
Sharif has directed the concerned authorities to implement these directives immediately and a helpline has been set up to register and resolve people’s complaints.
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Dengue death toll rises to 39
Seven more patients have died as a result of dengue in Punjab and Khyber-Pahtunkhwa, bringing the total number of deaths to 39.
Five people succumbed to the virus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and two died in Lahore today.
The virus has spread at an exponential rate, with around 627 cases reported in the past 24-hours. The total number of dengue patients in Punjab has crossed 5,000.
Prisoners, staff at jails in Lahore infected with dengue
Dozens of prisoners and staff members at jails in Lahore have been affected by dengue.
Sources said more than 25 prisoners at Kot Lakhpat Jail have been infected with the virus. Three prisoners are reported to be in critical condition and have been shifted to Services Hospital.
A team of doctors from Services Hospital has reached Kot Lakhpat Jail to treat the prisoners.
Staff and prisoners at Camp Jail have also been affected by the virus.