Schools must take precautions vs Measles outbreak — Solon

(FILE PHOTO) A Filipino kindergarten student looks for her parents during a graduation ceremony at the Assupmta Academy in Bulacan, central Philippines, Friday 19 March 2004. EPA/DENNIS SABANGAN

 A solon is asking the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education on Thursday to direct all school heads to take precautions against measles for the health and safety of their students and faculty.

“Schools can be hotspots of the spread of measles and other contagious diseases because of population density and vulnerability of children and teenagers because of their health status, so precautions are necessary,” Ang Edukasyon Party-list Rep. Bong Belaro said.

He also added that quick check screenings for fevers, red eyes, cough, and rashes can be done at the campus gates by certain health personnel.

 “Parents should be advised to not send their kids to school if they have the symptoms of measles. Instead of school, they should go to the nearest barangay health center or government hospital,” the education solon said.

Belaro added, “correct information about measles should be circulated among teachers and students to counter any rumors, fake news, misinformation, and disinformation.”

Bicol is one of the regions in Luzon afflicted with measles outbreak according to DOH; other regions are NCR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.  DOH also confirms the spread of measles outbreak in Central and Eastern Visayas.

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