Covid19: DHA Stresses Pupils' Responsibilities

Following the major press conference held last Thursday by the federal authorities the Dubai Health Authority has underlined the responsibilities of pupils, teachers and parents to help fight the contagion.
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The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has reissued guidance for schools, parents and children to help protect against the spread of Covid 19. This follows the recent spike in cases in the UAE with numbers of daily cases reaching a record high of more than 1,000 last Friday.

In a statement, Dr Hend Al Awadhi, Head of Health Promotion and Education at the DHA said children needed to be reminded of the threats to public health.

Pupils (and their parents/teachers) must disinfect books, smart devices and lunch boxes every day at school. Pupils are also reminded of the need to wear face masks and are instructed that sharing food and touching via embracing, shaking hands or giving high-fives is banned.

Both students and parents are also reminded not to spread rumours about the contagion. either by word of mouth or social media. In a major news conference last Thursday the federal authorities said that some schools ‘were not taking Covid seriously enough’.

The government spokesperson said that around 10% of recent cases were associated with education as a result of the testing drive for teachers and school staff that has taken place over the last three weeks.

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