Lahore: The outbreak of pink eye (conjunctivitis) infection is spreading across Punjab. Over 2,100 cases of eye infections have been reported in government hospitals in a single day.
According to the Punjab Health Department, a total of 142 conjunctivitis patients were reported in government hospitals in Lahore. The highest number of patients, 335, was reported in Bahawalpur. From Faisalabad, 193 patients, and in Multan 141 patients, while in Rawalpindi’s government hospitals, 43 conjunctivitis patients were reported.
Eye disease specialists advise citizens not to touch their eyes and maintain a safe distance from infected individuals. To prevent the spread of eye infections, quarantine measures have been recommended.
The National Health Institute has instructed affected patients with pink eye to stay in quarantine and avoid contact with healthy individuals.
According to experts to reduce the symptoms of photophobia in affected patients, wear eyeglasses, cover their nose and mouth with a tissue while coughing and sneezing, wash hands with soap and clean water, and if soap and clean water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
The National Health Institute has also issued guidelines for keeping children affected by conjunctivitis at home.