MoH releases school safety tips for parents and guardians before new academic term

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MoH releases school safety tips for parents and guardians before new academic term

The Ministry of Health is informing the public, particularly parents and guardians to ensure they and their children practice good hygiene as the new school term is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 4th.

They said it’s important to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses such as conjunctivitis, influenza and other respiratory viruses, gastroenteritis, hand, foot and mouth disease and chickenpox.

These good hygiene practices include:
– Washing hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitisers (containing at leas 70% alcohol).

– Regular cleaning and sanitising of high touches surface (e.g. door knobs, countertops, desks).

– Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, water bottles, towels and wash rags with others.

– Avoid touching your face and eyes.

– Avoid close contact with persons who display symptoms of infectious viruses.

– Stay away from school or work if you are ill.

All outbreaks of infectious viruses should be reported to the relevant County Medical Officer of Health. The public is also reminded that in accordance with the Public Health (nursery schools and primary schools immunisations) Act 1973, children entering nursery and primary schools must be vaccinated.

Further in light of high temperatures (heated conditions) experienced in recent times, parents and guardians are reminded to take the necessary precautions to ensure children stay hydrated by eating fruits and vegetables (at least 2-4 servings daily), drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water and staying within shaded areas where possible.