The National Institute of Health (NIH) identified on Tuesday the virus that causes pink eye disease across the country.
Expressing his thoughts in Islamabad, Interim Health Minister Nadeem Jan said: ‘’The recent pink eye outbreak was caused by Coxsackievirus A24 in Pakistan. This virus has caused an outbreak of mild levels in different parts of the world.’’
He urged the masses to not worry about the pink eye outbreak, adding that there was a dire need to take precautionary measures to avert the infection.
Mr Jan said, ‘’The public should follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the federal and provincial governments to avoid catching the pink eye infection.’’
‘’The government is taking all-out steps to ensure the masses remain protected from the outbreak,’’ Mr Jan added.
– Eye drop shortage –
As the number of conjunctivitis cases continues to surge in Lahore and surrounding areas, citizens are facing a dire shortage of essential eye drops.
The profiteers take advantage of the crisis, pushing prices to double their usual rates.
The eye condition, commonly known as pink eye, has gripped the city, leaving many in discomfort and distress.
Citizens seeking antibiotic and anti-allergy drops have reported frustration at having to visit multiple pharmacies to secure much-needed medication.
Even drops recommended for dry eyes are becoming increasingly elusive.
"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," said a citizen.