Headmen in Ri Bhoi district has expressed concern over the rapid spread of conjunctivitis that has affected many people including children and sought immediate solution.
The Synjuk met Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner, Arpit Upadhyaya to voice their concern and said the disease has forced people to stay at home and miss work and students missing school.
President of the Synjuk, BB Makdoh told reporters that they have urged the Deputy Commissioner to dispatch a health department team to communities and schools to assess the disease.
Makdoh said those infected with conjunctivitis are advised to put on eyewear to prevent the spread of the disease. “We are shocked to learn that the state government has come up with the idea by using of goggles or sunshades instead of making any intervention in preventing this disease.”
He said as costly sunshades will burn a hole in the pocket of the poor, the government should distribute sunglasses in the same that masks were provided during the Covid-19 outbreak.
So far over one thousand cases of the Conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’, a highly contagious disease, have been reported in the state prompting medical authorities to issue advisories to the public
Meanwhile, the Synjuk has also raised the issue of costly land registration fees with the Deputy Commissioner and sought revision of rates.