The Ministry of Health (MoH) on October 3 asked provincial and municipal people’s committees nationwide to step up measures to prevent pink-eye disease.

Accordingly, local authorities are urged to enhance monitoring, early detect and promptly deal with outbreaks, while implementing activities on how to prevent the disease at schools, offices and community.
Medical stations are asked to provide consultancy and treatment, while ensuring the supply of medicine and stepping up hygiene control.

Besides, provincial departments of information and communication will work with relevant agencies to intensify educational activities on how to prevent the disease.

Local education departments are also asked to promptly inform preventive medicine units when detecting outbreaks at schools. Kindergartens are urged to ensure hygiene and provide parents with measures to prevent the disease.

In order to prevent from the disease, the ministry warns people to keep personal hygiene. Pink-eye sufferers should reduce contacts with others and come to medical stations for treatment.

The ministry’s warning comes as the number of people suffering from pink-eye disease has increased rapidly in many localities, especially in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang city and central Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces.-VNA