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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.