Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sick students to be sent home

KUALA LUMPUR: School authorities, especially teachers, have been told to ensure that only healthy children attend classes when schools reopen today in view of the influenza A (H1N1) threat.

"Those who are sick should be sent home or brought to the clinic for treatment so that classes can still go on," Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said in a statement yesterday.

"If this can be done, parents will have confidence to send their children to school because only healthy students are allowed in the classes," he added.

On the latest situation, Dr Merican said there was no death reported due to the H1N1 virus yesterday.

As at 9am yesterday, a total of 99 new patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) were hospitalised for treatment while 240 patients had been discharged.

"Only 1,374 patients with ILI are still being warded nationwide and 21 per cent of them are H1N1 positive," he said in a statement.

He added that 46 patients were in the intensive care unit and 32 of them were in the high-risk group.

The majority of patients in the group are those with chronic diseases and the obese, followed by children and babies.

Dr Ismail advised the public to wear face masks when visiting public places to curb the spread of H1N1. - NST

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