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Experts in Chitral to contain spread of chickenpox

PESHAWAR: A team of experts has reached Chitral to help check the spread of chickenpox.

In this regard, services of public health specialists have been provided to the district headquarters hospitals of Upper and Lower Chitral, said an official of the Health Department on Saturday.

The decision was taken by the authorities to send public health experts to deal with and analyze the spread of chickenpox in Chitral. The services of public health experts have been handed over to the district health officers of Upper and Lower Chitral.

The experts belong to the Provincial Disease Surveillance and Response Unit, the official said, adding: “The services of experts have been entrusted to the DHO offices for five days, which is extendable.”

The experts will provide technical services to prevent chickenpox cases and limit it to the area besides issuing instructions to the concerned DHOs for field teams to work under the experts, he added.

The number of chickenpox cases in Upper Chitral district has surged from 119 last week to 251 with teachers and students of 14 schools being hit by the acute contagious disease, says the local administration.

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