KUANTAN (May 28): A total of 180 kindergartens (tabika) and kindergartens (taska) under the Community Development Department (Kemas) have been closed due to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the closures from Friday May 27 affected 105 preschools, while the rest were nurseries across the country except for Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.
“The move close to the premises has been carried out based on the advice and recommendations of the Ministry of Health (MoH) as each case detected will be reported to the authorities.
“These premises will be closed for 10 days and appropriate actions including disinfection will be carried out by Kemas officials,” he told reporters after attending a meeting and celebration of Aidilfitri with the Kemas Pahang staff here on Saturday.
According to Mahdzir, during the lockdown period, home teaching and learning sessions will be conducted based on the experience gained during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also assured that Kemas would monitor the development and take proactive measures to control the spread of the disease within the premises based on the standard operating procedures established by the Ministry of Health.
Mahdzir added that the analysis of body temperature, as well as the inspection of other symptoms of HFMD such as rashes or blisters on the skin, fever and mouth ulcers, should be carried out at the entrance of the local.
“We hope all parents will help us stop the spread of HFMD by ensuring their children are healthy and symptom free. If siblings have symptoms, parents should not send their [asymptomatic] children in nurseries or kindergartens as a preventive measure,” he said.
Kemas has 10,765 kindergartens and 549 nurseries nationwide.