Chickenpox situation normalized: Minister

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir on Tuesday said that chickenpox situation has been normalized in the province and very few cases are reported in different areas in these days.
He said that a significant downtrend of the disease is noted. The Minister further said that during the current season 1591 cases of chickenpox have been reported in Punjab out of which the largest number of cases reported in Faisalabad i.e. 821 and 86 from Lahore.
The Minister said that Primary and Secondary Health Department had arranged vaccination for the health providers and all the contacts of the patients. More than one lakh general practitioners/doctors provided awareness and guidelines regarding the symptoms, diagnoses and treatment of chickenpox through sms system already placed with the help of Punjab Information and Technology Board.
He said that satisfactory arrangements of treatment have been made in the tertiary care hospitals and provincial level monitoring was conducted. He stated this while addressing a press conference at the committee room of Primary and Secondary Health Department Birdwood Road, here today. Special Secretary Dr. Faisal Zahoor, Additional Secretary (Technical) Specialized Healthcare Dr. Salman Shahid, Additional Secretary Primary Health Dr. Asim Altaf and other concerned officers were also present in the press conference. Kh. Imran Nazir informed that two weeks back the intensity of chickenpox disease in Faisalabad division was very high however, both the health departments made effective measures and the Ministers of Specialized Health and Primary Healthcare held meetings on daily basis to review the situation for ten days regularly and all the chief executive officers of the affected districts were also taken on board.