A sudden surge in conjunctivitis cases has hit Gujranwala, causing concern among residents and healthcare professionals. In the past ten days, the city has witnessed an alarming increase in the number of patients seeking medical assistance for viral eye infections.
According to data gathered from the local medical college, more than 4,500 cases of conjunctivitis have been reported during this short span, with over a hundred patients visiting government hospitals daily for treatment. The outbreak has not spared any locality, affecting residents in areas such as Wazirabad, Nowshera Varkan, Kamonki, and Gakhar.
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” is characterized by symptoms like redness, inflammation, and painful eyes. Affected individuals often experience discomfort and a sensation of grittiness in their eyes.
One patient, who shared their experience, said, “I returned from a trip, and out of nowhere, my eye started hurting, and then the other eye got infected too. The irritation is really hard to bear.”
Ophthalmologist Professor Dr. Irfan Qayyum shed light on the contagious nature of conjunctivitis, cautioning, “Conjunctivitis is a viral infection that can easily spread from person to person. It’s crucial to take precautions, especially regarding personal items that come into contact with the eyes.”
Dr. Qayyum stressed the importance of preventive measures to contain the rapid spread of the epidemic. He advised, “We all need to be vigilant and considerate of each other’s well-being. Additionally, we must exercise responsibility when using personal items that can transmit the infection.”
As a precautionary measure, individuals are encouraged to follow these guidelines:
- Frequent Handwashing: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after touching your eyes or face.
- Avoid Touching Eyes: Refrain from rubbing or touching your eyes, as this can transfer the virus.
- Use Personal Items Carefully: Be cautious when using items like towels, pillowcases, and eye makeup. Avoid sharing these items with others.
- Isolation if Infected: If you suspect you have conjunctivitis, avoid close contact with family members and friends until the infection clears.
- Seek Medical Advice: If you experience symptoms of conjunctivitis, such as redness, itching, or discharge from the eyes, consult a healthcare professional promptly.
Authorities in Gujranwala are working diligently to manage the outbreak by providing necessary medical resources and raising awareness about preventive measures. The cooperation of the community is vital in curbing the spread of conjunctivitis, and everyone is urged to play their part in safeguarding public health.
As the city grapples with this conjunctivitis epidemic, vigilance and responsible behavior are key to minimizing its impact on the community.