Take precautionary measures, taska and tadika

Fatimah (left) and Uggah holding up a coronavirus pamphlet. Photo: Ghazali Bujang


KUCHING: Precautionary measures must be implemented by taska (child care centre) and tadika (kindergarten) operators regarding the health of children under their care, especially considering the current Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said that before entering the taska or tadika, teachers had to examine the children first.

“They have to take their body temperature and check their hands and feet.

“If they are found to have a fever, the parents must be informed immediately and they have to take their children to the doctor,” she said.

Fatimah (left) and Uggah holding up a coronavirus pamphlet. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

She said this when met with reporters after attending the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

Fatimah said that these were actually daily practices, but should be even more so implemented now with the spread of coronavirus. 

“We have to take such precautionary measures as we know that children are still small and we have to be more careful,” she said.

Earlier during the meeting, Uggah revealed that six of the eight suspected Wuhan coronavirus cases in Sarawak had tested negative while two were pending laboratory results.

The two cases awaiting results are from Kuching and Miri.

None of the cases involved children.

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