JOHOR BARU: The Education Minister has directed teachers to examine their students for symptoms of the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) to prevent it from spreading.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said they should then inform the parents or guardians to take their children to clinics for treatment.
She said if there were two cases of HFMD detected in a school, the ministry would order the school to be closed for 10 to 14 days as advised by the Health Ministry.
“We are closely monitoring the HFMD situation in schools nationwide and we want everyone to cooperate to tackle the issue,” Teo said during the 105th anniversary of SJK(C) Foon Yew 3 here yesterday.
She also advised Malaysian students commuting to schools in Singapore from Johor Baru to wash their hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet.
“This could help to prevent HFMD from spreading to the republic,” added Teo.
So far, nine schools – seven in Sabah and one each in Penang and Pahang – have been closed due to the outbreak.
It was reported that a two-year old toddler from Kampung Pangtray, Daro in Mukah, Sarawak, died on July 28. HFMD is the suspected cause of death.
Bernama reported that a total of 2,605 cases of HFMD has been reported in Sabah.
Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said Kota Kinabalu district had the highest cumulative number of 476 cases among four districts, followed by Beaufort (342 cases), Penampang (207) and Sandakan (181).
“As such, the state department wants parents and guardians to practise preventive measures to curb the spread, including not bringing infected children to public places, schools and nurseries,” she said.
Dr Christina said a total of 17 early education centres and schools undergoing cleaning were still closed.
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