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100 Cases Per Day of Conjunctivitis: AIIMS, Delhi

  • Posted on July 26, 2023
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  • By Sakshi Nawani
100 Cases Per Day of Conjunctivitis

The rainfall in the National Capital and National Capital Region for the past few weeks has resulted in multiple cases of Conjunctivitis in Delhi NCR.

According to Dr. JS Titiyal, Chief RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, they were getting at least 100 cases of conjunctivitis per day. He mentioned that there was usually a seasonal increase in conjunctivitis cases, which coincided with the flu season. He also added that the conjunctivitis cases were mostly caused by a virus.

Dr. Titiyal advised that people should follow general hygiene measures to protect themselves. He emphasized the importance of washing hands regularly, especially after coming from outside. Additionally, he recommended avoiding close contact with anyone in the family who has eye flu to prevent its spread.

Delhi NCR witnesses surge in Conjunctivitis cases, atleast 100 Cases reported in AIIMS per day.
Dr. JS Titiyal, Chief RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS

He advised those with conjunctivitis to use dark goggles, refrain from swimming, avoid close contact with others, and not touch their eyes. He also suggested that children should avoid going to school for a few days to prevent the spread of the condition to other students.

According to Dr. Harsh Kumar, an Ophthalmologist at the Centre for Sight, conjunctivitis cases are reported every year during the monsoon season. He stated that symptoms such as red eyes, itching, redness, watering, and sometimes discharge are common during this period.

Dr. Harsh Kumar also provided some precautionary measures, recommending the avoidance of crowded places and refraining from touching common objects like railings or handles. He emphasized the use of antibiotic eye drops as the preferred treatment.

Delhi NCR witnesses surge in Conjunctivitis cases, atleast 100 Cases reported in AIIMS per day.
Delhi NCR witnesses surge in Conjunctivitis cases, atleast 100 Cases reported in AIIMS per day.

Dr. Samir Sud, Director, and Co-founder of Sharp Sight Eye Hospitals stated that those figures represented a significant increase compared to the same period in the previous year (July 2022), with 646 cases in Delhi NCR and 1202 cases nationwide. He mentioned that the surge in numbers necessitated heightened awareness and swift action to effectively control the spread of this eye condition.

Dr. Samir Sud stated that to reduce the risk of transmitting conjunctivitis, it was essential to maintain strict hygiene practices. He mentioned that thorough handwashing, avoiding touching the eyes, and refraining from sharing personal items like towels or eye makeup could contribute to preventing the transmission of the infection.

A private eye care hospital in Delhi has reported 1032 cases of conjunctivitis in Delhi NCR and 1521 cases across India.

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