School nurses get extracurricula training

More than 400 nurses in Abu Dhabi public schools have begun the Continuing Education Programme (CEP), where they are being equipped with skills in identify symptoms relating to the Mers virus.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 18 Dec 2013, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:54 AM

Other topics being addressed include the 2013-2014 SHS initiatives such as smoking cessation, obesity prevention and management, personal hygiene and anti-bullying programmes. Special training in paediatric first aid, child car-safety demonstrations and the prevention of child injuries resulting from falls, drowning, burns, poisoning and suffocation has also been included in the programme.

The programme will review the threat perception from recent incidents of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the GCC, its symptoms and treatment regimes.

In addition to cervical cancer burden and prevention, as well as updates on the implementation of HPV vaccination in school health, the agenda includes a workshop on child counselling and communication skills.

Focus is additionally being provided to the care of children with special needs, including physiotherapy management and occupational therapy for children with cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. The inclusion of children with special needs within mainstream schools is also being explored as part of the deliberations.

Clinical updates on diabetes in children as well as heart diseases, as well as insights into maintaining a healthy heart will also be provided.

The programme is being held in partnership School Health Services department of the Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS) and will conclude on December 19. The agenda includes workshops and presentations led by health specialists and consultant physicians from the School Health Services.

AHS’s School Health Services Director Dr Najah Mustapha, said: “Our children are our future. SHS is delighted to launch this year’s edition of our school nurses’ training programme in order to provide effective healthcare cover to each and every school-going student of the emirate.”

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