The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting ‘increasing’ cases of Red Eye, especially in the Southern and Western parts of Saint Lucia.
No figures were immediately available from the Ministry.
Medical Officer of Health Doctor Sharon Belmar-George revealed that measures have been introduced to deal with the outbreak, including the establishment of Red Eye clinics at various Wellness Centres and increased infection prevention and control measures at public health facilities.
“We have also procured and distributed increasing drugs and medication for the management of the condition at the various facilities and we have provided guidance to both public and private sector health institutions on the care and management of the disease,” the health official said.
She disclosed that the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to receive calls from private sector organisations about sanitary measures that they need to put in place and concerns relating to clients accessing services.
“We are advising the public as much as possible to refrain or reduce in terms of them accessing services where many people may be gathered and also in terms of attending mass crowd events. This leads to further spread of the disease,” Belmar-George observed.
She called on members of the public to implement sanitary measures to protect themselves and their families from getting the disease.
Balmar-George spoke of the need for frequent hand washing and reducing possible contamination by refraining from touching the eyes.
“We are pleased to note that most persons who do get Red Eye within three to five days are resolving quite well – it’s just the unnecessary irritation that they get of having the disease at this point and the possible impact on businesses in terms of employees being sick – all at the same time,” she explained.
“Our Health Educators are working in the various communities and in areas where we have camps – especially where children attend and for the Day Care Centres that remain open during this time, so they have been working closely in the various communities to ensure the necessary measures are in place,” the health official stated.