KUALA LUMPUR: Students in Pahang will be exempted from co-curricular activities that are held outdoors or in school fields as a preventive measure against dengue, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
Supporting the directive by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob on the matter, Hishammuddin said his ministry would issue a circular on the temporary exemption.
I met Datuk Seri Adnan this morning and told him that I support his decision to ask schools to stop holding activities outside for the time being, he said after launching a local dailys education pullout at SK Taman Melati yesterday.
On Monday, Adnan was reported to have ordered all schools in Pahang to stop outdoor activities, especially in the mornings and evenings, to prevent the students from getting bitten by aedes mosquitoes.
On whether all schools would be affected, Hishammuddin said the exemption would be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the need.
We must be realistic as not all 10,000 schools in the country are affected, he said.
On the case of SMK Tengku Afzan student Wan Noorain Nabilah Wan Ali, 16, who died of dengue last week, Hishammuddin said it should not have happened.
If it was due to a lack of coordination between the Health Ministry and the local authorities, then the relationship must be strengthened.
To me, a death in my schools, either because of a bully or the aedes mosquito, is the same. In the end, I have to be responsible to the parents, he said.
After distributing Chinese New Year ang pows and foodstuff to the poor at Kampung Chuang, Rasa, in Kuala Kubu Baru, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said the ministry was not discouraging the public from holding outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings.
They should continue to keep their environment free from mosquitoes and larvae, Dr Chua added.
In Petaling Jaya, the Health Ministrys disease control director Dr Ramlee Rahmat said the number of dengue cases was still high although last weeks cases were lower than the previous week.
The number of dengue cases is still high and there were 1,000 cases last week, which is lower compared to the previous week, he said.
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