In light of a surging outbreak of conjunctivitis, Punjab’s interim Chief Minister, Mohsin Raza Naqvi, took a proactive step on Wednesday by declaring that all schools across Punjab, including Lahore, will be closed on Thursday, September 28.
This preemptive action is aimed at halting the further dissemination of this highly contagious eye infection among students.
Moreover, starting next Monday, students up to the matriculation level will undergo health screenings at the school entrances. Those displaying symptoms of the infection will be strongly urged to seek immediate medical attention and will not be permitted to enter the school premises until they are no longer capable of transmitting the infection.
Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye, is an infectious eye ailment characterized by redness, itching, and eye discharge. It can easily propagate through direct or indirect contact, making educational institutions particularly susceptible to transmission.
This school closure applies to all students up to the matriculation level. During this period, thorough cleaning and sanitization of the school facilities will be conducted to minimize the risk of transmission.