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DOH-Abra cautions public on rise of sore eyes cases

BANGUED, Abra (PIA) --The Abra Provincial Department of Health Office (PDOHO) reiterates public health precautions as cases sore eyes  locally known as "kamata" continue to increase here in the province.

PDOHO Head Dr. Lilibeth B. Martin, in a media interview, stressed the importance of frequent handwashing, personal hygiene and seeking proper information and consultation to prevent the spread of the infection.

 “As much as possible, avoid touching your face kasi yung hands natin hindi palaging malinis yan. It is the hand which is the usual culprit kung bakit tayo nagkakaroon ng infection,” she advised.

Martin   disclosed that around 600 cases of sore eyes were  recorded  in the past weeks, and there  maybe unreported cases of the highly contagious infection.

She said that the first cases of sore eyes were observed in the barangays most affected by heavy flooding during the recent typhoons. From these areas, the infection started to spread in other municipalities of the province.

“Katatapos lang ng Typhoon Egay and Typhoon Goring and most affected here in Bangued are in Sta. Rosa, Cabuloan, and San Antonio and na-notice na dyan nag-start yung mga may sore eyes noon,” she shared.

PDOHO Head Dr. Lilibeth B. Martin shares information on increasing cases of sore eyes in the province of Abra during a media interview on September 27 at the Bangued Municipal Hall. (Photo by: PIA-Abra)

Sore eyes or conjunctivitis is a contagious infection that spreads through having contact with infectious tears, eye discharge or respiratory discharge that can contaminate the hands. (JDP/JJPM-PIA CAR, Abra)

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