Medical experts have advised residents of Nasarawa State to avoid self-medication in treating haemorrhagic conjunctivitis, popularly known as Apollo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there has been outbreak of conjunctivitis in some areas of the state.
Some of the eye specialists who spoke with NAN in an interview in Lafia, said health facilities had recorded increasing number of patients with haemorrhagic conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva.
Conjunctivitis is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid.
Bacterial conjunctivitis causes the rapid onset of conjunctival redness, swelling of the eyelid, and a sticky discharge.
Dr Rita Ewuga, Consultant Ophthalmologist with Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, confirmed an influx of patients with haemorrhagic conjunctivitis in the last two weeks.
Ewuga said that conjunctivitis was being caused by bacteria, and urged people to desist from self-medication.
“As soon as your eye starts itching and turning red, quickly rush to any medical facility to seek for solution.
“People should also avoid sharing of common objects like handkerchief with affected persons to avoid spreading it,’’ Ewuga warned.
Similarly, Dr Aboje Aboje, Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of DASH, said patients with haemorrhagic conjunctivitis would be given urgent medical attention in the hospital.
He said that anyone who notices any symptom of conjunctivitis should rush to the hospital for treatment, be it night or day, even during weekend.
He therefore advised affected persons to desist from self-medication as it has the tendency of aggravating the situation.