In response to the alarming increase in conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye infection, in Karachi and its surrounding areas, the Sindh Health Department has issued a stern warning to District Health Officers (DHOs). The highly contagious viral infection has prompted authorities to take swift preventive actions.
The health department recommends that individuals affected by the infection use prescribed eye drops and gently clean their eyes with tissues. The application of cold water is also advised to alleviate discomfort. However, strict precautionary measures are deemed essential to halt the spread of the disease.
Medical experts stress the significance of maintaining rigorous hygiene standards, including the separation of personal items such as towels and toiletries. Contrary to popular belief, experts clarify that the virus does not spread through eye contact but rather through direct contact with the infected person’s ocular secretions. Red eyes often accompany symptoms like cold, flu, and cough.
Doctors offer vital guidance on minimizing transmission risks within households and workplaces. Effective personal hygiene, avoiding shared items, and thorough handwashing before using eye drops are crucial measures to mitigate the virus’s transmission. The Sindh Health Department’s warning serves as an urgent call to action to safeguard public health in Karachi and its neighboring regions.