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100 patients screened for conjunctivitis in Suva last week

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said that 100 patients with conjunctivitis were seen at health facilities in Suva alone last week. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is urging the public to maintain and adhere to good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases. Conjunctivitis can be highly […]

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March 24, 2016 8:51 am

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said that 100 patients with conjunctivitis were seen at health facilities in Suva alone last week.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is urging the public to maintain and adhere to good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases.

Conjunctivitis can be highly contagious for as long as two weeks after signs and symptoms begin. Early diagnosis and treatment can protect people around you from getting pink eye.

The Health Ministry reiterates that people must practice proper hygiene because this will assist with reducing and preventing the spread of such diseases in families.

Conjunctivitis is a bacterial or viral affection on the inner eyelid, which causes blood vessels to become inflamed resulting in eyes appearing reddish or pink.

Some symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • A gritty feeling
  • A discharge that forms a crust during the night that may prevent your eye or eyes from opening in the morning
  • Teary/watery eyes

To prevent the onset of Conjunctivitis:

  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Wash any discharge from around the eyes several times a day. Hands should be washed first and then a clean washcloth or fresh cotton ball or tissue can be used to cleanse the eye area.
  • Use only clean towels and washcloths.
  • Don’t share towels or washcloths.
  • Change your pillowcases often.
  • Avoid swimming in a swimming pool.
  • Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye-care items.
  • Use any antibiotics or eye drops for the complete period prescribed.

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