The National Institute of Health (NIH) has officially identified the virus responsible for the recent pink eye outbreak across the country.
Interim Health Minister Nadeem Jan, speaking in Islamabad, confirmed that the pink eye outbreak in Pakistan was caused by Coxsackievirus A24, which has also led to mild outbreaks in various parts of the world.
In response to the situation, Minister Nadeem Jan urged the public not to be overly concerned about the pink eye outbreak. Instead, he stressed the importance of taking precautionary measures to prevent infection.
He emphasized, “The public should adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by federal and provincial governments to minimize the risk of contracting pink eye infection.”
Mr. Jan reassured the public that the government was actively taking steps to ensure the protection of the population from the outbreak.
Amid the rising cases of conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, in Lahore and its surrounding areas, a severe shortage of essential eye drops has caused distress among citizens.
Profiteers have taken advantage of the crisis, inflating prices to twice their usual rates. This widespread eye condition has left many individuals uncomfortable and in distress.
Citizens seeking antibiotic and anti-allergy eye drops have expressed frustration at having to visit multiple pharmacies to secure the necessary medication. Even drops recommended for dry eyes are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
One citizen lamented, “I’ve been searching for antibiotic eye drops for three days now, but they are nowhere to be found. And when you do manage to find them, the prices are outrageous.”