Malawi Pink Eye Outbreak Failing to Cease

By Andrew Magombo

Poor hygiene is said to be a remedy to cubing the Viral Conjunctivitis, a highly contagious eye infection spreading rapidly in Malawi.

Viral Conjunctivitis, commonly known as Pink Eye, affects the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid.

Dr. Yohane Mwale, Acting Director of Health and Social Services, Mchinji District Council, Malawi

Recently, the Mchinji district Health office reported seven cases of Viral Conjunctivitis, alarming health authorities. Dr. Yohane Mwale, the Director of Health and Social Services for Mchinji, revealed that five cases originated from Mchinji police station involving suspects, while the other two cases were registered in Traditional Authorities Nyoka and Mduwa respectively.

In response to the outbreak, Dr. Mwale has urged residents in the border district to practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing, avoiding close contact, and seeking medical attention promptly when they develop signs and symptoms of acute viral conjunctivitis.