Pre-schools in Singapore are taking extra precautionary measures to safeguard students against the Wuhan virus, which continues to spread across China and overseas.
Singapore's Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has advised all pre-schools and student care centres to "be vigilant in conducting health checks and to monitor the health of children and staff; and to encourage children and staff to observe good personal and environmental hygiene".
The MSF is also encouraging pre-school staff to defer non-essential travel to Wuhan "as infants and young children are more vulnerable to infectious diseases". Pre-schools including PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Sparkletots and EtonHouse – as well as many primary and secondary schools – have asked parents and staff to declare their travel plans over the Chinese New Year weekend. This follows concerns that travel in and out of China during the Chinese New Year holiday period could allow the virus to spread.
"Frequently touched surfaces, toys and commonly shared items should also be cleaned at least daily and when contaminated by nasal or oral secretions," said the MSF, adding that parents should keep their child at home if they are sick and seek medical treatment.
There have been more than 500 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness worldwide, and 17 people living in Wuhan have died. There are four confirmed cases of the virus in Singapore to date.