Chicken Pox outbreak hits Rohingya camps

20, 000 infected

Published: February 08, 2019 11:52:41 | Updated: February 11, 2019 16:19:52

Corinne Amber of the Red Cross says the conditions in Rohingya camps are "catastrophic". Reuters photo

Around 20,000 Rohingya people in the Ukhia and Teknaf camps have been infected in an outbreak of chicken pox, a quite common disease of childhood in Bangladesh.

"All of a sudden, chicken pox cropped in a few houses in Balukhali Camp, later it soon spread to 15 houses, creating panic among the camp dwellers," said Lalu Majhi of the camp.

Lecturer of Cox's Bazar Medical College Hospital Dr Jahedul Mostafa said chicken pox is not as fatal as to kill patients. The infected can come round after taking a short medication and following some health tips. But panic still seizes the inmates.

Dr Abdul Matin, civil sergeant of Cox's Bazar said the chicken pox was found spreading since December 22 last year, and around 20,000 people have been attacked since then, as per a UNB report.

Urging people not to be anxious about its spread, he said doctors and health volunteers are working to provide treatment to the patients and making people aware of the disease.

The spread of the disease will come in control within a month, he assured.

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