31 Mar 2016

Fiji health centres struggling with conjunctivitis outbreak

8:42 pm on 31 March 2016

Many health centres in Fiji are running out of eye drops, and it could be this weekend before stocks are replenished as the country deals with an outbreak of conjunctivitis.

fiji flag at parliament

Photo: RNZI/ Sally Round

Hundreds of people have been infected with the eye virus, according to the health ministry, and people are being advised to refrain from travelling and attending social functions if they have it.

FBC News has reported the chief pharmacist, Apolosi Vosanibola, saying delays have meant that replacement stocks of eye drops such as chloramphenicol, which were due to arrive yesterday, have been delayed.

He said supplies should arrive in health centres and hospitals from this weekend.