Caroni East MP Dr Rishad Seecheran has called on the Education Ministry to collaborate effectively with the Health Ministry to ensure there’s no serious outbreak of the contagious hand, foot and mouth disease throughout T&T.
He said, “The discovery of the disease among students of Guaico Presbyterian Primary School must be immediately and thoroughly investigated. The contagious disease could be much more widespread in the school community than initially detected, and could infect many more students, in addition to their respective families and friends.
“The transmission of the disease is alarming, especially since it is taking place mere days before the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination. Students are at risk of being under quarantine and having to miss their Entrance Examination.”
He added, “There must be a vigorous public education campaign to advise the society that the disease spreads easily through touching, kissing, coughing, sneezing and by touching surfaces where the virus is present. The country must also be told that people could transmit the virus to others for days after the symptoms go away or even if they have no symptoms.”