Seminar Work Wonders among children to battle HFMD

 

Inner Wheel Club of Klang

24 July 2022

 

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases are common among children aged 6 years and below, which is 90% of cases, followed by the age group of 7 to 12 years which are 8% while those over 12 years old, constitute 2%.  In Malaysia, from the beginning of the year through June 11, a total of 95,924 cases were reported. The State of Selangor has seen the highest number of cases compared to other states which was 26,799 cases (27.9%).

 

The three main viruses (enterovirus) that cause HFMD transmission in the local community in 2022, are Enterovirus 71 (EV71), Coxsackie A6 (CA6) and Coxsackie A16 (CA16). These are highly contagious and spreads from person to person.

 

IWC Klang’s President Dr. Theyveeka Selvy Rajoo who espoused that ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ has taken action by giving a talk to Tadika Maju on the 13th July 2022 to battle this disease. Principal Mrs Sathiadevi Panercelvam of Tadika Warisan Maju, Klang had invited President Dr Theyveeka to create awareness among children and educate them.

 

About 30 children of Tadika Maju participated in the one-hour training program. The children learned: proper and consistent hand washing practices; to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; to clean, rinse and sanitise toys that may have come in contact with saliva; to avoid sharing of food, drinks, eating utensils, toothbrushes and towels; to protect themselves in the house by making sure they do not come in close contact with an infected child and to disinfect all surfaces regularly.

 

~ Karthini Munusamy