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Swine flu update
A school in Sharjah is closed for a week, and Oman has postponed the school year to curb the spread of the virus.
September 3, 2009 1:40 by kippreport
The UAE’s Ministry of Education has shuttered a school for a week after a number of students showed symptoms of the H1N1 virus, reported AME Info on Thursday. The ministry said a report “prompted [them] to close the school for the safety of its 800 boy and girl students.” It did not disclose the name of the school.
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Ministry of Education ordered schools to allocate isolation rooms for students who show swine flu symptoms. The government also instructed all educational institutions to check their students’ temperatures during their first week of operation. Schools where the flu is found could be closed for a week, the ministry said. The tiny kingdom reported its second swine flu-related fatality this week.
On the other hand, Kuwait’s Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday that it will not postpone the opening of private and public schools, in spite of calls by members of parliament. Last week, MP Faisal Al-Muslim said the ministry should review schools’ start date after the number of swine flu cases increased in August to over 1,072.
Hussein Al-Jazaery, Middle East Regional Manager of the World Health Organization (WHO), lauded Kuwait’s health ministry’s decision, and explained that postponing the first day of school will not a solution to the swine flu problem; “Kuwait’s precautionary steps match the recommendations made by the WHO,” he said.
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