The Lebanese Ministry of Education has issued a circular on health measures in schools against epidemics

With the spread of cholera in Lebanon, a circular was issued by the Ministry of Education to those responsible for safeguarding sanitary measures in educational establishments against epidemic and contagious diseases, including cholera.

The circular explained the following:

  • The health officer should organize awareness meetings with parents.
  • Assign education staff members to devote 20 minutes from the first lesson of the first educational day following this circular, to provide information and clarify procedures that prevent acute diarrhea, including cholera.
  • Teach students not to share personal items with each other.
  • Intensify efforts to ensure students are performing the handwashing process correctly.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the educational establishment, including tables, all sanitary facilities and toilets.
  • Provide soap and paper towels in bathrooms, and hand sanitizer kits in hallways.

The ministry also asked parents not to send their children to school if they show symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or high temperature.

Cholera cases in Lebanon have been rising since October 5, when the first case was announced for a long time since 1993.

Related: A frightening decline in basic services in Lebanon exposes people to epidemics.

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