Health authorities in Sindh, a province in Pakistan, have taken action against the rising cases of pink eye infections, also known as conjunctivitis. Dr. Murtaza Shah, the director of Provincial Border Health Services (BHS), recently announced a set of new guidelines aimed at controlling the spread of pink eye. These guidelines are focused on airports and airlines operating in the region.
Pink eye is an eye infection that can be caused by viruses or bacteria and is known for its contagious nature. In response to the growing concern, Dr. Shah detailed the measures that will be implemented. Both medical staff and airlines will play a crucial role in reducing the risk of infection.
Airlines in Sindh have been given clear instructions to identify passengers who show symptoms of pink eye. If a passenger is suspected of having the infection, they will be advised to get in touch with the health department’s designated doctor stationed at the airports. It is important to note that these guidelines do not include travel bans for passengers who are infected with pink eye.
Dr. Shah emphasized that the health department’s doctor will examine travelers with pink eye and offer appropriate travel advice based on their condition. This approach aims to strike a balance between public health safety and the freedom to travel.
To further prevent the spread of pink eye, individuals are encouraged to follow basic self-care and hygiene practices. These measures are vital in containing the infection and safeguarding the health and well-being of all travelers. Good hand hygiene, avoiding touching the eyes, and using tissues or elbows to cover sneezes and coughs are some of the recommended steps.
The rise in pink eye infections has raised concerns among health authorities in Sindh, but with the implementation of these new guidelines, they hope to limit its transmission. By working together, both passengers and airlines can contribute to creating a safer and healthier environment for everyone traveling through Sindh’s airports.