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Oct 13, 2017

M.O.H. Says No ‘Pink Eye’ Relief from Eye Drops

As we reported on Thursday, cases of conjunctivitis experienced an epidemic-level spike in the last month, after trailing 2016 for the first nine months of the year. In the last four weeks, more than nine thousand cases have been reported, causing significant loss of production in five of Belize’s six districts. The Ministry of Health continues to advise that persons avoid touching their face, wash and sanitize regularly and avoid contact with others for the average number of days it takes to subside. With regard to the recent demand for eye drops to take care of the problem, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero told us on Thursday that even with higher prices, such products have limited effect.

 

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“That’s a very touchy situation, because over the weekend we saw people advertising, actually, and people even telling how you can buy and they will send it to you via courier, via Tropic Air, or via any of the regional airlines – how they will get it you. Antibiotics are not going to work; this is a viral epidemic, it’s not bacterial, so it’s not really going to work. There are no real specific eye drops; the eye drops that you may be given may be for pain, natural tears, but it’s a viral epidemic, it’s not going to work. I know that there is a notion of an increase in prices; we really can’t be going individually after every pharmacy – when we have an epidemic you have to curtail outbreaks in different settings, so all we are asking is that people are a little more responsible in terms of being able to – the pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, they have a moral responsibility in terms of not increasing their prices.”

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