Saudi launches school awareness campaign to combat coronavirus

World Faizah Kamal 05-Feb-2020
Coronavirus
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The General Directorate of Education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is launching a school awareness campaign to combat the coronavirus. The campaign seeks to empower students of all ages with crucial information required to combat the virus.

The campaign is organised by the Health Ministry’s school health affairs department, in coordination with the educational information department.

The campaign is targeting 650,000 students from 2,300 schools in Jeddah, Rabigh and Khulais, according to Homoud Al-Suqiran, the Director General of Education in Jeddah.

Al-Suqiran said the Ministry of Education directed the school administration to educate students about the virus.

The education plan includes activities in cooperation with various health units, the health directorate, and a number of educational offices and schools.

Recently, the Saudi health minister reaffirmed that the Kingdom remained free of the coronavirus.

Arrangements are in place at airports to screen passengers arriving from China via direct and indirect flights. Quarantine rooms have also been established in hospitals to use if necessary.

The health chiefs, meanwhile, declared that 10 Saudi students who were flown home from Wuhan in China this week were free from any infection. The group will remain in quarantine under full medical supervision for two weeks while further tests are carried out.

Since the outbreak of the virus, a command and control centre has been established at the Health Ministry to keep the virus at bay. The centre, in cooperation with relevant authorities, is implementing international health regulations as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory syndrome.