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Punjab Schools Shut Down Amidst Conjunctivitis Outbreak

In a bid to curb the escalating conjunctivitis outbreak, the Punjab government, under the leadership of Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Raza Naqvi, has announced a closure of all schools across the province starting tomorrow, September 28.

Conjunctivitis, colloquially known as pink eye, is an infectious eye condition that causes redness, itching, and discharge from the eyes. It is highly contagious and can spread rapidly through direct or indirect contact. Schools, where large numbers of students interact closely, are particularly susceptible to such outbreaks.

The closure applies to all students up to matriculation classes. During this period, schools will undergo deep cleaning and sanitization to minimize the risk of transmission. The decision comes as a proactive measure aimed at preventing further spread of this highly contagious eye infection among students.

In addition to the closure, a screening process will be implemented at school gates starting Monday. Students exhibiting signs of infection will be advised to seek immediate medical attention and will not be allowed to enter the school premises until they are no longer contagious.

The Punjab Education Department has also issued a precautionary alert to schools in the region. Teachers are instructed to familiarize students with the symptoms of conjunctivitis and educate them on necessary preventive measures, adhering to guidelines provided by the health department.

The government's swift response aims to protect the health of students and staff in educational institutions across Punjab. The situation is being closely monitored, and further updates will be provided as necessary.

This outbreak serves as a reminder for communities to maintain hygiene practices, regularly wash hands, and avoid touching the face, especially the eyes.

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