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Eye flu creates endemic situation in Mizoram

Aizawl: Mizoram Health and Family Welfare department officials said that though Conjunctivitis (eye flu) outbreak reached the state late compared to neighbouring states, healthcare workers are facing endemic situation from the second week of August.

Officials of the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) said that there were a few cases of Conjunctivitis being treated at the Civil Hospital during the first week of August and were thought to be isolated cases, however, the number of people, especially children, being having eye problems due to being infected by the eye flu increased from the following weeks.

The officials, however, could not make out the actual situation including the number of cases in the state as they have received reports only from the Civil Hospital in Aizawl.

“We are yet to receive reports about the Conjunctivitis situation from district hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHC) Primary Health Centres (PHC) and other government healthcare facilities not to speak of private hospitals,” an official said.

The official said that though the state Directorate of Health Services had issued appeal to the Director of School Education to collect data from the schools, no school has so far submitted reports to the School Education department.

Amongst the Conjunctivitis cases, there had been no reports of complications that are considered to be fatal for the infected persons till date, the official said, adding that as the situation has turn as endemic, more efforts would be made to control the situation and create awareness amongst the general public. 

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