Kindergarten does its own SARS checks

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 27 Apr 2003


KULAI: A kindergarten in Kampung Baru Bukit Baru here, where 20 residents are being quarantined for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has resorted to taking daily temperature readings of its 60 charges as a precaution. 

Tadika Terhati owner Wong Yok Woun, 62, said the temperatures were taken twice daily, before and after school.  

“We take the temperature of every child.  

CLOSE MONITORING: Wong checking the temperature of Chong Jin Ting, aged six, at the Tadika Terhati at Kampung Baru Bukit Baru in Pulai, Johor recently.

“So far I am satisfied because all the children have normal temperature readings,” he said, adding that the kindergarten bought four thermometers for this purpose. 

He said the process would go on until Wednesday when the quarantine period ended for the 20, who were among 125 people who visited the Pasir Panjang wholesale market in Singapore, where a man was found to be infected with the virus. 

On Thursday, the Health Ministry ordered the quarantine of the 125 people who had visited the market. 

Wong said two of the children from the kindergarten, a boy and a girl aged five, whose fathers’ were lorry drivers who had gone to the market on business, had also been quarantined. 

For the 500 families in the village, life was normal even though they knew that some of their neighbours had been quarantined. 

Checks at the village yesterday showed residents carrying out their normal activity with coffee shops and retail businesses busy attending to customers.  

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