PESHAWAR: Hospitals in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are on high alert as the number of chickenpox cases continues to rise, according to a report by ARY News.
The caretaker government of KP has issued a heightened alert for hospitals in Chitral and Khyber districts in response to the increasing cases of chickenpox.
The surge in chickenpox cases has been reported in the Mastuj and Tirah areas of the Khyber district, with a similar uptick in cases observed in Chitral district.
Additionally, the KP health advisor has instructed relevant authorities to ensure the availability of necessary medications in both districts.
Yesterday, the Caretaker Chief Minister of KP, Azam Khan, took note of the chickenpox outbreak in the remote village of Harchin in Upper Chitral district. The Chief Minister instructed Health Advisor Dr. Riaz Anwar to implement effective measures for the treatment of female students at the government school in Harchin village who have been affected by the disease, as stated in an official press release.
CM Azam Khan emphasized the dispatch of specialized medical teams to the area to provide treatment for the affected girls and to closely monitor the disease’s spread to prevent further contagion.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It manifests with an itchy, blister-like rash, among other symptoms, initially appearing on the chest, back, and face before spreading throughout the body.