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Punjab Announces Holiday for Schools on 28 September 2023 Amid Pink Eye Outbreak

BY Faizan Ahmed Sep 27, 2023. 03:52 pm UPDATED: Sep 27, 2023. 03:52 pm

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Due to an increase in pink eye (conjunctivitis) instances, Punjab’s temporary Chief Minister, Mohsin Raza Naqvi, has declared a one-day holiday on September 28, 2023, for all government and private schools in Punjab, including Lahore.

The decision is intended to reduce the spread of this very infectious eye illness among students.

Students up to grade 10 will be examined for symptoms at school entrances beginning the following Monday. Those who exhibit symptoms of the infection will be encouraged to seek medical attention promptly and will be prevented from entering until they are symptom-free.

Pink eye, which causes red, itchy, and watery eyes, spreads quickly, especially in crowded locations like schools.

This closure applies to all students in grades 1 through 10. During the vacation, schools will be thoroughly cleaned to limit the danger of transmission even further.

Tips for Staying Cautious Against Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Hand Hygiene: Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not accessible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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Avoid Touching Your Eyes: Try not to touch or rub your eyes, especially if your hands aren’t clean.

Personal Items: Don’t share personal items like towels, washcloths, pillows, or makeup. Always ensure your makeup brushes and sponges are clean.

Change Pillowcases and Towels Regularly: Wash them in hot water and detergent to kill any germs.

Wear Glasses: Consider wearing glasses instead of contact lenses to reduce irritation and the chance of infection.

Avoid Close Contact: Stay away from people who have pink eye or show symptoms. If you have pink eye, try to stay home to avoid spreading it to others.

Clean Surfaces: Regularly disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phone screens.

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