NOT IN THE PINK
The highly contagious disease of pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is spreading through many villages in the mountains of the Northwest.
HAØ NOÄI Kindergarten and primary schools in northern provinces have been hit by an outbreak of pink-eye disease (conjunctivitis).
Ñieän Bieân Phuû City Health Centre in Ñieän Bieân Province reported more than 350 infections last week.
Leâ Troïng Caûnh, director of the Ñieän Bieân Preventive Medicine Centre, said that the disease spread quickly in kindergartens and primary schools because students share face-clothes and washbasins. One student could spread the ailment to an entire class.
Leâ added that conjunctivitis was also an airborne disease, com- plicating containment efforts.
Yeân Baùi Province reported an outbreak on September 3. Since then, more than 3,300 people have been affected in the province.
Significant outbreaks have also been reported in other northern provinces.
In Tuyeân Quang Province, 1,500 patients sought treatment last week. In Ninh Bình Province, there was a 30 per cent increase in the disease. And in Baéc Ninh Province, about 2,500 cases were reported in the past two weeks.
Health departments in Baéc Ninh, Haø Noäi, Laøo Cai and Ninh Bình have given residents and schools tips on how to prevent the spread of disease.
Director of the Haø Noäi health department, Nguyeãn Khaéc Hieàn, asked schools to improve hygiene in kitchens, bathrooms and with classroom toys.
He said students suspected of having the disease should be isolated.
Deputy director of the Ninh Bình Eye Hospital, Toâ Thò Hoa, advised residents to wash their hands with soap and use Natri
Clorid 0.9 per cent eye-drops. The Yeân Baùi Preventive Medicine Centre held training courses on conjunctivitis prevention and control for 40 commune health workers in affected areas.
A doctor examines a woman at the National Ophthalmology Institute in Haø Noäi. Kindergarten and primary schools in northern provinces have been hit by an outbreak of pink- eye ( conjunctivitis). VNA/ VNS Photo Döông Ngoïc