Conjunctivitis eye disease spreading across the country – Capital Radio Malawi
21 April, 2024

Conjunctivitis eye disease spreading across the country

Chiponda: The disease is highly contagious

Conjunctivitis eye disease cases continue to rise in the country as Blantyre records its first case at Chilomoni Health Centre.

Conjunctivitis, often called pink eyes an inflammation of conjunctiva from infection or allergies.

It usually causes redness and swollen eyes and sometimes they have a sticky discharge.

The disease started last year in Karonga district and has since spread to Nkhatabay, Nkhotakota, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Speaking in an interview with, minister of health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda directed an immediate stop to handshaking and exchange of items such as glasses and sponges to avoid further spread of the disease.

“The disease is highly contagious. When exposed, everyone can suffer from it,” said Chiponda.

According to Chiponda, the disease is treatable using eye drops prescribed by medical personnel.

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