Guidelines to Prevent Spread of Viruses as Schools Open

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AS the new school term is scheduled to begin on Monday, the Ministry of Health is giving guidelines on good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of viruses such as Conjunctivitis, Influenza and other respiratory viruses, Gastroenteritis, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Chickenpox.
In a release the ministry stated that good hygiene practices include:
• Washing hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitisers (containing at least 70% alcohol).
• Regular cleaning and sanitising of high touched surfaces (e.g. door knobs, countertops, desks).
• Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, water bottles, towels and wash rags with others,
• Avoid touching your face and eyes,
• Avoid close contact with persons who display symptoms of infectious viruses
• Stay away from school or work if you are ill.
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The ministry stated that any outbreaks of infectious viruses should be reported to the relevant County Medical Officer of Health.
The public is also reminded that in accordance with the Public Health (Nursery Schools and Primary Schools Immunisation) Act 1973, children entering nursery and primary schools must be vaccinated.

Further, in light of high temperatures (heated conditions) experienced in recent times, parents and guardians are reminded to take the necessary precautions to ensure children stay hydrated by eating fruits and vegetables (at least two to four servings daily),drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water and staying within shaded areas where possible.


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