MUT Health Services springs to action to shield staff and students from Pink Eye

Sister Nomusa Mkhwanazi

Two weeks ago, Sr. Nomsa Mkhwanazi, Head of the Health Services at MUT, issued a warning about the MUT Clinic identifying a Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) outbreak among MUT students staying in some external residences. Without waiting for new cases, Sr. Mkhwanazi issued a communication plan to prevent further Conjunctivitis spread.  This communication plan spread Pink Eye management and prevention tips using all the available communication platforms. Messages were communicated via flyers and social media. Sr Mkhwanazi herself did a live interview on MUT Radio, where she gave detailed information about the ‘Pink Eye’. Her message was picked up by national media, including the Sunday Times. On Monday this week, KZN’s Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, issued a formal statement about the Pink Eye. The MEC also advised on what needed to be done when dealing with the problem. A big thank you goes to the Health Services and the Housing Department for their proactiveness.