To curb the rapid spread of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) in Punjab, the government has imposed restrictive measures, including curfews and closures of non-essential businesses, in areas with high AQI.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Overview:
Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious eye condition caused by bacterial or viral infections, smoke, dust, or chemicals.
Increasing cases of Pink Eye in Punjab pose a significant threat to public health.
The government is taking proactive measures to prevent and control its spread.
Significance of Conjunctivitis:
Pink Eye is highly contagious, with symptoms like redness, itching, and eye discharge.
Immediate action is crucial to prevent widespread outbreaks.
Causes of Pink Eye:
Pink Eye can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, exposure to smoke, dust, or chemicals.
Identifying the cause is most important for effective treatment and prevention.
The Immediate Action: A Government’s Response
The government, led by Ali Jan Khan, Secretary of the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department, is acting under the Punjab Infectious Diseases (Prevention and Control) Act of 2020 to protect public health.
The Restrictive Measures
“Restricted movement” is imposed in areas with high Air Quality Index (AQI) to prevent Conjunctivitis due to smog.
What Will Be Closed During the Restrictive Period
Closure of markets, malls, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, schools, and offices in specific areas.
Exemptions from the Restrictive Measures
Essential services such as pharmacies, medical facilities, petrol pumps, and government functions will continue.
The Role of Essential Services
Vital services like health facilities, utilities, and emergency services are crucial during this period.
The Importance of Public Health
These measures protect public health and aim to contain the disease.
Staying Safe during the Outbreak
Adhering to government guidelines, social distancing, and safety protocols is essential to reduce the risk of infection.
Pink Eye Prevention Tips
Practicing good hygiene, avoiding eye contact, and following preventive measures.
Government actions are vital in safeguarding public health in Punjab.