Precautionary H1N1 Steps for Schools Outlined

SHARJAH — Private schools have been asked to give one week’s sick leave to any student who shows flu-like symptoms, and keep classrooms and other areas clean by using disinfectants to avoid infection among students.

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Published: Sat 29 Aug 2009, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:25 AM

All class teachers have to closely observe any flu-like symptoms among the students and send those with symptoms to the school clinic.

School nurses have been tasked with keeping a watch on sick children and keep them isolated in a separate room and ensure provision of medicines. Schools have been asked to provide a special room for this, apart from the school clinic, in order to prevent possible spread of infection to other students visiting the clinic.

The in-charge nurse should alert the school management to inform the child’s parents who need to immediately reach the school for picking up their sick child.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has banned the use of school buses to transfer children with flu symptoms to healthcare facilities.

Parents have to make arrangements for taking their children to the nearest primary health centre or government hospital where the child will be clinically diagnosed by a doctor.

Based on the clinical judgement, the doctor will decide whether to treat the child with anti-viral drugs or common fever relievers.

The child then has to be sent home for seven days during which period most flu patients recover.

Meanwhile, school clinics have to notify the suspected cases to the school health department of MoH in each emirate and the “link” person from the education districts.

The school health department is assigned to notify cases to the preventive medicine department.

Nurses have to monitor classmates of the sick child to check if anyone else has developed symptoms.

Schools have to spread awareness about the need for regularly washing hands with soap and water, cough etiquettes, and keeping distance with sick children.

They should also tell parents not to send children to school if they are sick.

Though a distance of 1.5 metres has been ideally advised to be kept between each student, officials said schools can adjust this according to the available spaces. — sajila@khaleejtimes.ae



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