The two-day workshop was an initiative of Edvolution Enterprise in collaboration with the Northeast Education Office (PPDTL) and RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC, formerly known as Penang Medical College).
The workshop from 9am to 11am on both days was delivered virtually by four doctors from the paediatrics department of RUMC.
They were acting head of the paediatrics department associate professor Dr Foong Siew Cheng, Dr Tan May Loong, Prof Dr Jacqueline Judith Ho and Dr Foong Wai Cheng.
(Dr) Siew Cheng said teachers would now be the new group of frontliners when students return to schools, hence this training was crucial to equip them with the proper skills to practise the correct health and hygiene measures.
Among the practices highlighted during the workshop were maintaining hand hygiene, using face masks properly and educating the community.
On the first day of the workshop, RUMC vice-dean of research/senior lecturer Dr Tan shared a simple seven-step procedure to wash and sanitise hands properly.
She also revealed the difference between using a soap bar and hand sanitiser.
She recommended soap as a more suitable option to prevent virus transmission among kids.
“Many of us think that hand sanitisers must be more effective than soap but research by the World Health Organisation has shown that the best way to kill the virus is washing with soap,” she explained.
(Dr) Wai Cheng, a senior RUMC lecturer, continued the session by demonstrating the proper way to wear and dispose of masks.
She also stressed the importance of frequently changing masks and practising social distancing while still wearing them.
She then went on to explain the differences between a face shield and a face mask.
“Due to the airborne nature of the virus, a face shield alone without a mask will not protect a student if an infected person coughs or sneezes near him or her,” she said when questioned by a teacher if wearing a face shield alone was sufficient.
“A mask will at least filter out viruses.”
The second day began with (Dr) Siew Cheng explaining the importance of assertive communication with difficult members of the school community. like colleagues, students or even parents who refuse to comply with the health measures.
The final session had Dr Ho teaching the teachers the ‘Tell, Show, Do, Feedback’ method for them to train others.
The attendees took an active part in the workshop. There were online quiz and roleplay sessions as well as a Q&A segment at the end of the workshop.
(Dr) Siew Cheng said the response to the workshop was overwhelmingly positive, adding that there were calls for more programmes from both the participants and the district education office at the end of the workshop.
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