‘Schools will remain vigilant on fight against Zika’

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THE Ministry of Education (MoE) will continue to monitor and maintain cleanliness in schools to ensure that they remain Zika virus free even during the end of year school holidays.

“Under the directive of the Ministry of Education, each school has undertaken its own measures to ensure that the school environment is clean and (Zika free),” said the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman during an interview recently.

The minister said that MoE will continue to work with the Health Ministry and other agencies to monitor schools to ensure that they are properly cleaned over school holidays.

“As long as the Zika virus is still a threat, (we will remain vigilant),” added the Minister.

In a recent statement, the MoE advised parents against sending ill children to school and to send them to the nearest health clinic as a preventive measure against the Zika.

It also urged education institutions nationwide to provide a sickbay for students who are feeling unwell as well to ensure the availability of hand washing facilities such as liquid soap or hand sanitisers.

All primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges, are also required to monitor the health of their school community comprising students, teachers and staff.

They were also advised to practice good hygiene such as washing hands before taking their meal or using the toilet.

Public schools and colleges are advised to report incidents to the Department of Schools via its Public Relations and Administration Unit at 2232738 and the Health Education Unit at 2232711.

The Brunei Times