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Ha Noi takes measures to prevent pink-eye spreading

Update: September, 11/2014 - 09:11
The Central Eye Hospital said that, on average, it was receiving about 60 to 70 patients per day.— Photo hanoimoi

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ha Noi Health Department has ordered hospitals and health centres to take prompt steps to prevent the spread of pink-eye disease (conjunctivitis) in the city.

The move comes after a flood of patients at the Central Eye Hospital and Ha Noi Eye Hospital for examination and treatment since early this month.

The Central Eye Hospital said that, on average, it was receiving about 60 to 70 patients per day.

Deputy Director of Ha Noi Eye Hospital, Trinh Bich Ngoc, said the peak period for the disease was from July to October.

The Health Department told hospitals and health centres to instruct people on ways to prevent pink-eye from spreading to friends and relations.

They were also told to focus on pink-eye disease in schools and kindergartens to try and bring the situation under control.

Deputy director of Ha Nam Eye Hospital, Trinh Minh Phuong, said the hospital had set up teams to visit commune health centres.

Each team consists of two doctors and four nurses to show residents what the symptoms were and how to prevent the disease.

The doctors and nurses also instructed local residents how to identify the disease.

The hospital has received about 20 pink-eye patients a day since early this month.

People with pink-eye are advised not to go to crowded places and avoid touching their eyes - and then other people. — VNS

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