The Ministry of Health has announced an outbreak of Conjunctivitis (red eyes) in Gulu district.
798 suspected cases according to the ministry have so far been reported in the named detainment centres.
Cases of conjunctivitis have also been reported within Lugore HCII, malady Labworomor HCIII, Patiko HCIII, Lukodi HCII, Punena HCII, Coope HCII, and Bardege HCIII within the month of December 2016.
While addressing the media at their headquarters the Director General Health Services Prof Anthony K Mbonye said that 50 samples have been picked for a whole range of bacterial and viral laboratory testing both within and outside Uganda, while surveillance efforts by the district and Ministry of Health teams continue.
“Conjunctivitis, also known as red eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid.
Some of the symptoms of Conjunctivitis are; redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid, increased amount of tears, thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes especially after sleep, Itchy eyes, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light.
“Conjunctivitis is mainly caused by bacteria or viruses and can spread easily from person to person, but is not a serious health risk if diagnosed and treated promptly”.
The Ministry advises people to report and treat the sick, promote hygiene and wash hands with soap in all prisons & surrounding areas and limit shaking hands.