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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Malaysia : Schools fight H1N1

Via News Straits Times, a call from the Education Ministry to all schools nationwide to reactivate H1N1 preventive measures. It's a very good move to curb the disease but it also makes you wonder what's the current situation is actually like...........please read the whole article:

" The Education Ministry has issued a circular calling on all schools to put in place or reactivate mechanisms to stop the spread of influenza-like illness (ILI) or influenza A (H1N1).

The emphasis is on social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease. The measures that must be adhered to with immediate effect are:

* Pupils or school staff infected with the disease or show ILI symptoms must be sent home or to the nearest clinic or hospital;

* Parents must not send sick children to school until they have recovered from their illness;

* Pupils of schools with reported cluster cases or those with high absenteeism should be screened;


* Schools with ILI cluster cases must immediately notify the district or state education department and the district health department so that they can take measures to stop the spread of the disease.

Speaking to the New Straits Times, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said all schools with a high absenteeism rate owing to ILI or H1N1 had been ordered to immediately check the temperature of their pupils.

Children with mild symptoms of the disease, such as a runny nose, must wear face masks when in school. "

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