An outbreak of dengue claimed nine more lives in Lahore on Monday, raising the death toll in Punjab to 152, reported Express 24/7.
The provincial capital has been hit hard by the fever as 139 have died in Lahore alone, while a 42-year-old woman died in Gujranwala.
According to the Punjab health department, around 325 new cases of dengue fever were reported during the past 24 hours, of which 258 cases are in Lahore.
The total number of dengue cases in the province has reached 13,399, out which 11,627 cases are from Lahore.
On the other hand, the ongoing loadshedding in Punjab has added to the woes of patients at hospitals.
Detailed plan to combat dengue: Shahbaz
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that a detailed plan will be formed to combat the dengue menace.
For this purpose, a team of 150 doctors and para-medical staff will be sent to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore for training.
Chairing a meeting on combating the deadly dengue, Shahbaz Sahrif said that all resources are being utilized in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Five cell separators have been imported from Germany, which will be placed in different hospitals of Punjab, including Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.
The chief minister also directed the DCO Lahore to form a proper system of inhibiting the development of larvae and spread of dengue in tyre warehouses.