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Ministry of Health rolls out training programme to combat H1N1 influenza

posted on 28/08/2009: 1573 views



The Ministry of Health is gearing up to encounter all possibilities in the coming weeks, which will see huge rush at all entry points of the country as the citizens and expatriates are expected to return after their summer holidays and the schools are set to reopen, said Director General of MoH and chairman of the technical committee to contain H1N1 Dr. Ali Bin Shukr.

Bin Shukr appealed to every individual to take all the necessary precautions, whether it be in the school buses or in classrooms to avoid the chances of the spread of the virus.

Attending a joint meeting between the technical committee and the representatives of private schools held at the Sharjah University today to explain the ministry's preventive and curative plans, Bin Shukr also announced the training and awareness programme of the MoH to combat the disease.

The private schools are expected to reopen early next month as scheduled.

The training programme for giving the school staff an insight into the nature of H1N1 influenza, educating them on the ways to deal with the suspected cases and preventive measures to be taken at schools was rolled out at the meeting.

Workshops will be conducted for staff of all schools to train them on the disease and the ways to manage it.

'We are striving to achieve maximum possible safety and prevention for the entire population as per recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO). We have adopted a number of precautionary measures to face the new academic season and the working plan is focussed on training, education and preparedness to receive vaccination as soon as it becomes available', said Bin Shukr.

Teams consisting of three members will be set up in each school to be selected from biology teachers, school nurses and counselors. These teams will be given adequate training, empowering them to conduct their own workshops in each school, Bin Shukr explained.

If a student is suspected of having contracted H1N1, the teacher should immediately refer him to the nearest health centre if his condition is stable, or to the nearest hospital if the condition is unstable. The school nurse should conduct medical check on the remaining students to eliminate the chances of infection.

The schools should also pay serious attention to the cleanliness of public utilities in the school as well the class rooms, said Bin Shukr. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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