H1N1 flu: Premier urges teachers to educate pupils about hygiene

2009-09-24 00:00

PUBLIC health education is the key to fighting the H1N1 influenza.

That’s the message from Premier Zweli Mkhize and Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo who together with Dettol launched the H1N1 influenza public education campaign in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Mkhize and Dhlomo visited a clinic in the Durban suburb where they addressed the community on the measures the government is taking in churches, schools, taxi ranks and other public places to reduce the spread of the influenza.

To date, 1 940 people have tested positive in KZN and five have died.

“The prospect of an influenza outbreak rightly deserves the highest attention of governments, health ministries, public health officials, and the health industry,” said Mkhize.

He said that it is important to have information about the influenza so that the government can assess and manage risks and have certain preventive measures in place.

“Apart from safeguarding health, governments and health ministries need information for reliable communications with their citizens,” he said.

Mkhize encouraged teachers to promote hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and to stock up with appropriate supplies.

“Proper cleaning and ventilation and measures to reduce crowding are also advised,” he said.

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