‘Increasing’ cases of Red Eye reported

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.





  1. Herbs medication
    July 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    St John’s bush boil and let cool and wash the eye

  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Its worse than red eye and last for five days wash often

  3. Gis
    July 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Yes the st John bush works…I have been using it….I self say for true dats something worse weeeee…. masiay dat hurts alot as if I have stones or needles bugging n very irritating….ppl take this eye thing serious…..be cautious and wash regularly as well….

  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I currently have it and do not know where to turn. I have done the st johns bush. My eyes are red as blood. Need advice.

  5. Gis
    July 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Aa…we’ll check an eye doc….hope u get well soon…

  6. Gis
    July 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Well check I mean

  7. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Clean ur eyed with Apple cider vinegar with a qutip , mix the vinegar with water, makesure u wash ur hand clean befor doing it and put a drop in. your eyes it will sting but it works

  8. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm


  9. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    U are welcome

  10. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 8:11 am

    vinegar in the eyes? oh my dear, go to a doctor and refrain from giving such dangerous advices.

  11. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hmmmm…so how exactly does it spread? And wat can we do to prevent it

  12. Tye
    July 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    First thing in the morning wash ur eyes with warm salt water or go for a sea bath early around 5 for 5 days

  13. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Wash the eyes often with water or coconut water wear glasses you will feel a little relief and keep hands away from the eyes dont worry it only last for five days just keep washing those eyes ok be well………

  14. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    It don’t spread by eye gaze only through the hands when hand touches the eye surface cuz ur hands touches everyting so alwayz wash hands bfore touching eyes its been a while since we heard about that redeye thing and its worse

  15. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Did tourism bring red-eye to Vieux Fort and Soufriere.

  16. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Chops….no conversation….sa.pa..wol..chops

  17. Lime Juice
    July 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I may not know if I have, but the right side of my right-eye is red and imflamed