20 Mar 2014

Samoa considering school closures as 'pink eye' spreads

2:55 pm on 20 March 2014

The Ministry of Education in Samoa is considering closing all goverment schools in response to an outbreak of pink eye disease.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says over the past week the number of people with the viral conjuctivitis has spread rapidly.

He says last week 80 people had the condition and numbers released yesterday confirm more than 300 people are now infected.

He says a decision will be made on school closures after meetings today.

"They're looking at closing all the government schools. But like the Ministry of Health was saying, it's only people around the urban area being reported to the hospital, but they understand that people out in the rural areas are also being affected but they're not coming to see the doctor."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the Health Ministry advises people to wash their hands and to report to a specially isolated eye clinic, separate from other outpatient services.