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Health minister warns public not to self-medicate to cure pink eye infection

Viral conjunctivitis or 'pink eye' cases spiked to nearly 100,000 in Punjab

By APP
September 30, 2023
Patients infected with conjunctivitis an inflammation of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball continue to report to the city public, in Karachi on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.— PPI
 Patients infected with conjunctivitis an inflammation of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball continue to report to the city public, in Karachi on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.— PPI

In light of the surge in conjunctivitis "pink eye" cases in the province, Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Dr Jamal Nasir has asked the public to refrain from self-medication as it can be injurious to the patients' eyes.

Accentuating the significance of preventive measures, Dr Nasir advised the patients to use hand sanitisers, prescribed eye drops and tissues for cleansing their eyes to prevent contracting the highly contagious infection.

Warning the public against resorting to self-medication while talking to PTV news, the minister apprised that doing so might in fact be injurious to their eyes.

Commenting on the conjunctivitis outbreak in the province, Dr Nasir said that the pink-eye infection is spreading rapidly in densely populated cities where people are exposed to unfriendly environments, such as factories, bazaars, markets, and shopping plazas.

Accentuating the safety guidelines issued by the health department the minister said: “The Punjab health department has alerted all hospitals of the province to make maximum arrangements in their ophthalmology and outpatient departments."

The health department has already issued safety guidelines to deal with the disease, he added.

To another question, he said all patients with eye diseases should visit government hospitals where the eye specialists had been asked to remain on duty.

Pink eye cases near 100,000 mark in Punjab

Viral conjunctivitis or 'pink eye' cases spiked to nearly 100,000 in Punjab in just a few days, raising alarms over the extremely contagious infection, which in rare cases can cause the cornea to become chronically inflamed, leading to permanent vision problems.

According to the sources within the health department, as many as 10,269 cases of eye infection have been reported in the last 24 hours, exceeding the 90,000 mark.

The highest number of pink eye cases were reported in Bahawalpur with 1,540 people suffering from the infection. Meanwhile, 1,132 have been reported in Faisalabad, 1,048 in Multan 608 in Rahim Yar Khan, and 452 patients in Lahore.

Conjunctivitis usually affects both eyes and makes them:

  • Red
  • Burn or feel gritty
  • Produce pus that sticks to lashes
  • Itch
  • Water