The Punjab government has declared a temporary closure of all schools from September 28 to October 1, in response to a surge in conjunctivitis cases, commonly known as pinkeye. The province, especially Lahore, has seen a significant rise in the disease, with 500-600 patients being reported in state hospitals.
Many students have reported eye infections, and schools have quickly advised infected students to stay home. Parents are also being cautioned to monitor their children closely. Experts link the rapid spread to densely populated areas where people frequent congested environments, such as markets.
The Punjab School Education Department announced a four-day holiday and emphasized the strict observance of preventive measures upon reopening. Interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi believes that the school shutdown can cut infection rates by half and has announced comprehensive eye inspections for students when schools reopen.