Samoa doctor concerned at fast spread of pink eye disease

At least eighty people in Samoa, living around the Apia area, have sought medical help from the national hospital for pink eye disease over the past two months, prompting a public awareness campaign to prevent a bigger outbreak.

Eye specialist, Dr Mau Imo, says the advice for the public is to seek medical help and to stop children and adults from going to school and work if they are infected.

She says some victims of pink eye disease have come in for treatment with serious conditions after being treated at home with breast milk.

Dr Imo has advised the public not to use breast milk or traditional medicines but instead report to the hospital for antibiotic eye drops.

There are reports workers and students being forced to stay home because of pink eye.


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