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H1N1 awareness campaign kicks off in schools

posted on 05/10/2009: 1696 views



The School Health Services (SHS), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) - Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), has launched its first H1N1 awareness campaign across 303 public schools in the nation's capital at the start of the new academic year.

SHS nurses who had attended an H1N1 workshop, offered their know-how to students across public schools, mostly focusing on the definition of H1N1, characteristics of the virus, symptoms, signs of the disease, mode of transmission, identification of infected cases, severity factors in adults and children, precautions and finally treatment methods.

Students were also given brochures, posters and fliers to be reminded of steps and precautions against H1N1.

With the aim of promoting what the AHS calls a "Healthy family. Healthy Community" campaign, three million e-mail messages containing information about H1N1 and other health care issues will be sent out to educate students while detailed brochures targeting parents and teachers will be distributed inside and outside the schools through a comprehensive database.

Mass SMS mobile reminder

In their aim to discourage public gatherings during the H1N1 pandemic and to keep residents across Abu Dhabi protected from a possible H1N1 spread, the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) sent a mass SMS to almost all residents across the capital on Sunday, with the following message: "Elderly people, children, pregnant women and people with chronic illness are advised not to attend Haj and Umrah in 2009." – Gulf News

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