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Conjunctivitis: Pharmacies face shortage of eyedrops

Some pharmacies in Fiji say they do not have enough medicine to cater for the current outbreak of Conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis or ‘Cika’ as commonly known in Fiji, starts off as a viral infection, spreading from one person to another through contact then later develops into a bacterial infection if not properly looked after. Suva’s City […]

Peni Shute

March 29, 2016 12:54 pm

Some pharmacies in Fiji say they do not have enough medicine to cater for the current outbreak of Conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis or ‘Cika’ as commonly known in Fiji, starts off as a viral infection, spreading from one person to another through contact then later develops into a bacterial infection if not properly looked after.

Suva’s City Centre Pharmacy pharmacist Sheenal Prasad said every second person who walked into her pharmacy came to buy conjunctivitis eyedrops.

We had received a consignment of 500 bottles Friday last week of which only 107 is left. We have been selling about 100 bottles a day and now we do not have enough medicine to cater for the outbreak.

Nausori’s Life Pharmacy pharmacist Sandeep Kumar said they had sold an approximate of 50 bottles per day since the weekend and now all stocks have run out in his shop.

Our new consignment of 400 bottles had arrived from New Zealand on Thursday, but customs agents have not since then released those items and so we are unable to cater for the current outbreak.

We only hope customs would release our stock quickly so that we would be able to cater for the needs of our customers.

Western Medicare Pharmacy pharmacist, Sakina Shireen Mohammed, said they had been selling more than 20 bottles of eyedrops a day on a prescription basis and more than 100 bottles have been sold over the weekend.

Questions have been sent to the Ministry of Health regarding the conjunctivitis outbreak and medicine and this story will be updated as soon as a response is received.

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