Aizawl: Officials of the National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment (NPCBVI) of Mizoram health department on Tuesday said that at least 4,715 Conjunctivitis cases have been detected in the state during September.
State programme officer of the NPCBVI Dr. Biaksiami said that while Conjunctivitis infections have been found in all the 8 (undivided) districts of the state, the number of cases in Aizawl accounts for 65.90 per cent to the total number of infections detected.
Biaksiami said that of 4,715 total infections recorded, 3,107 people are from Aizawl district.
She said that while the infection report was low in southern districts like Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha till mid-September, Conjunctivitis cases increased in the southern parts after mid-September.
A large number of students in the elementary level have to refrain from attending schools as the disease also known as ‘eye flu’ is highly contagious and spreading extremely fast among students.
Mizoram was comparatively safe from Conjunctivitis in July when neighbouring states were already hit at that time. However, the endemic situation began from early August and spread like wildfire from mid-August, Dr. Biaksiami
Though the highly contagious disease spread rapidly in the state, no serious cases of complications have been reported, she added.