The Colombo Municipality’s (CMC) Health Department has taken precautionary measures to close classes of several schools to combat the spread of an eye disease called ‘Conjunctivitis” within the city limits.
Accordingly, classes in three grades of the Kotahena Central College have been temporarily closed till next Friday.
A statement from the CMC revealed that approximately 100 students from the Kotahena Madhya Maha Vidyalaya have fallen victim to the contagious eye disease.
Consequently, all classes for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades at the school have been suspended.
Speaking on the matter, Colombo’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni said the Colombo Municipal Council has identified the disease as conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.
Dr. Wijemuni requested people not to panic over this disease as it is not fatal.
Health officials have listed several symptoms associated with this disease, including redness in one or both eyes, itching, excessive tears, headaches, sensitivity to light, and dry eyes.