Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is a highly contagious eye infection which is spreading rapidly in Pakistan espcially in School among Students. The Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department has issued safety guidelines to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis in Punjab.
Measures to Control Spread of Pink Eye Infection in Punjab Schools
In this regard a notification to Measures to Control Spread of Pink Eye Infection in Punjab Schools has been issued on 22 September 2023 by Govt.of School Education Department.Further detail of said notification in same is as under;
Kindly refer to the above captioned subject and find enclosed herewith the safety guidelines issued by Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department for prevention from Conjunctivitis/pink eye infection. You are directed to comply with these instructions in letter and spirit. You are further directed to educate students during zero period about causes of spread and precautionary measures against Conjunctivitis/pink eye infection.
1. What are the common symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Common symptoms include redness in the eye, itchiness, excessive tearing, and discharge from the eye.
2. Can I go to work or school if I have conjunctivitis?
It is advisable to stay home until you are no longer contagious, which typically takes a few days to a week depending on the type of conjunctivitis.
3. How is conjunctivitis diagnosed?
A healthcare professional can diagnose conjunctivitis based on symptoms and a physical examination of the eye.
4. Is conjunctivitis a serious eye infection?
Most cases of conjunctivitis are not serious and can be treated with proper care and hygiene. However, some severe cases may require medical attention.
5. Can I wear contact lenses if I have pink eye?
It is best to avoid wearing contact lenses while you have conjunctivitis to prevent further irritation and the spread of infection.