Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PTA Urged To Assist Schools In Fight Against A/H1N1

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Headmasters Council (GMGBM) wants the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) to assist in the fight against Influenza A/H1N1 in schools.

GMGBM secretary general Ruslan Madon said support from the PTA, especially in terms of funds, was needed to reduce the burden of schools to provide Influenza A/H1N1 infection prevention kits.

"The schools have taken the relevant precautionary measures and initiative by providing basic needs like face masks and thermometers but we will appreciate if PTA can assist us in providing financial aid while waiting for allocations from the Education Ministry," he told Bernama today.

The Education Ministry had announced an allocation of RM3.6 million to provide Influenza A/H1N1 infection prevention kits like thermometers, face masks and liquid sanitizers to all schools, nationwide.

As of yesterday, Influenza A/H1N1 claimed 38 victims throughout the country and six of the victims were students below the age of 19.

Ruslan who is also the headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawangsa, said schools had taken various initiatives to brief students and teachers of the dangers posed by the H1N1 pandemic.

"If students show any signs or symptoms like fever, we will immediately check their body temperature and inform the parents to take them home if necessary," he said.

Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Melati headmaster Datin Seri Zavirah Shaari when contacted said everyday, students are briefed on the steps to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease, especially during physical education classes.

"Teachers have been told to explain the dangers of H1N1 and the precautions to be taken in order to curb the disease. Everyday about 10 students who are not well, are sent home even if it means skipping their trial exams," she said.

Muhamad Hamin Dorani, the headmaster of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Raja Mahadi in Klang, said apart from briefing the students, posters explaining preventive measures were put up in his school to create awareness among students and teachers. -- BERNAMA

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