Health Crisis in Pune: Conjunctivitis Cases Surge to 1560 Within Four Days In Alandi

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Pune, 21st July 2023: Alarming reports of a conjunctivitis outbreak among children in Alandi have sent shockwaves through the community. The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has sounded the alarm after confirming a staggering total of 1560 conjunctivitis cases in Alandi alone.

Recent data indicates a rapid rise in cases over the past four days:

Monday (July 17): 450 cases
Tuesday (July 18): 740 cases
Wednesday (July 19): 210 cases
Thursday (July 20): 160 cases

To address the situation urgently, a team of experts from the esteemed National Institute of Virology (NIV) is en route to Alandi, accompanied by a dedicated civil surgeon, to assess the extent and severity of the outbreak.

Local authorities have swiftly taken precautionary measures to curb further spread and protect the health of the community:

1: A proposal to close schools will be submitted if the outbreak shows no signs of abating.

2: Thorough house inspections have been initiated in Pimpri Chinchwad and nearby gram panchayats to contain the spread.

3: Two proficient ophthalmologists have been appointed at Alandi Rural Hospital to provide specialized care to those affected.

4: A designated Outpatient Department (OPD) has been set up exclusively for conjunctivitis patients.

5: Essential medications and eye drops are being promptly distributed to all affected individuals.

6: Free case papers are being provided to all affected children to streamline medical assistance.

7: Authorities have earnestly requested the heads of educational institutions to send affected children home to prevent further transmission.

8: Rigorous screening and school visits are underway to identify potential cases early on.