April 22, 2015
The China Center for Disease Control (CDC) Monday trained over 100 teachers drawn from 51 schools in Kossoh Town, Jui and Grafton villages in the outskirts of Freetown on how to protect their pupils from contracting the Ebola virus. The training took place at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences’ (COMAHS) main hall in Jui.
The training was organized to increase teachers’ knowledge about Ebola control and prevention. The teachers are in turn expected to educate their pupils and then family members on how to guard themselves and their kids against contracting the deadly virus.
Also, the China CDC team is hoping that the teachers will fully implement the prevention and control measures of EVD in schools, as well as sharing experiences on common disease prevention and control.
The training was part of a series of trainings that started in January in collaboration with the District Health Management Team (DHMT). The first training was held few weeks ago at the Evangelical College Hall where almost the same number of teachers was trained to prepare themselves before the re-opening of schools.
Representing the DHMT, Paul Lansana thanked all the teachers that participated in the exercise, encouraging them to take the training seriously so they will be in a position to help their pupils and their family members stay away from Ebola.
In his presentation, Dr. Liu Fuqiang – who is in charge of surveillance – said the basic information about Ebola and strategy on prevention and control must always be adhered to and taken very seriously to succeed in eradicating the virus in the country.
He explained how long the virus can take in one’s body before one starts showing signs and symptoms, and what should be done to prevent the virus from spreading.
“Ebola is spread through direct contact with an infected person. The virus enters the body through broken skin or the eyes, nose or mouth. It can also be transmitted through blood transfusion or body fluids like urine, faeces, saliva, vomit, sweat and semen of an ill person or animals like bats, monkeys and apes,” he explained.
Dr. Liu admonished the teachers not to touch or wash dead bodies and that they should call 117 whenever someone is sick in the school or at home. He said for every one person that contracts the Ebola virus, about 17 people are at risk, which has been the reason for the widespread of the virus.
In his presentation on how to prevent Ebola in schools, Dr. Zhou beseeched the teachers to ensure at all times the classrooms are clean and pupils must keep some social distance in class.
“Every pupil must be screened before entering the school premise every day to ensure their body temperature is stable,” said Dr. Zhou. “I want to encourage all teachers to do screening twice a day – in the morning and after lunch period. Also, teachers must ensure that all pupils wash their hands as often as possible when entering the school premise and their classrooms before and after lunch.”