Conjunctivitis: Schools with 3 infected students in 3 classes can close for 10 days

Imphal: In view of the reports of the spread of Viral Conjunctivitis in Manipur, and as per the suggestion of the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur, all schools in the state, the education department (S) has issued advisory for school and hostel closure.

The education department said, if one or two students are infected with the conjunctivitis in a school, the infected student may be given leave for 10 days. If three or more students are infected In a class in a school, then the whole class may be dosed for 10 days. In a school, if three or more students are infected In three or more different classes, the school may be dosed for 10 days.

In case of hostels, if any inmate of the hostel is infected, the inmate may be sent home for 10 days. If more than three inmates are infected in a hostel, the hostel may be dosed for 10 days.

Proper hand washing practices should be encouraged among the students and teachers alike, the advisory said.

Proper safety measures should be taken to control the spread of the viral conjunctivitis among the school going population at the school level which will go a long way in controlling the epidemic at the state level.

All Zonal Education officers have instructed to circulate this circular to all schools under their respective jurisdiction immediately.

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