Placing sinks at kindy entrances to prevent HFMD

THE state government may require the installation of sinks at the entrance of kindergartens and daycare centres to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Selangor.

State Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said HFMD cases stood at 16,202 as at Aug 30.

She described HFMD disease as endemic among children.

“Even though the situation is not getting worse, HFMD can be difficult to eradicate if people do not take steps to care for their personal hygiene,” she said in response to a question from Dr Daroyah Alwi (PH-Sementa) on how to prevent children from getting infected at the state assembly sitting yesterday.

Siti Mariah said having sinks in such premises would encourage children to wash their hands when entering or leaving.

However, she said parents, guardians, teachers and daycare centre operators must instil in children the importance of personal hygiene.

They must also ensure a child’s surroundings such as toilets, floors and tables are kept clean.

“Parents also need to act fast and take their children to the nearest clinic as soon as they start seeing HFMD symptoms,” she added.

Meanwhile, Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim did not hesitate to crack the whip on the second day of the sitting.

The Sekinchan assemblymen butted heads with Mohd Sany Hamzan (PH-Taman Templer) earlier in the day when the latter voiced an opinion instead of asking an additional question during the morning session.

Ng also reminded assemblymen to be concise in their answers and not waste time.

“We need to respect the rules of the assembly and maintain decorum.

“Our actions are being watched by the people of Selangor as the proceedings are broadcast live online.”

He added that he would hold all assemblymen to the same standard and treat them equally, regardless of which political party they were from.

Ng also called for a minute’s silence in between sessions to honour the late Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chi who died in a road accident on July 20.

Later, Sungai Air Tawar assemblyman Rizam Ismail from Barisan Nasional was appointed Opposition Leader.

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