Education Ministry Hosts Zikv Sensitisation Sessions

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  • The Ministry of Education will be hosting a series of Zika Virus (ZIKV) sensitisation sessions across its regional offices from January 12 to 18.
  • All primary schools are urged to select two teachers of Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) to attend the sessions and two HFLE teachers and a school nurse from secondary schools.
  • ZIKV has not been detected in Jamaica to date. Symptoms of the virus include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, eyeball pain, inflammation of the eye, vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain, weakness, swelling of the lower limbs and rash consisting of small bumps. Symptoms last approximately four to seven days.

The Ministry of Education will be hosting a series of Zika Virus (ZIKV) sensitisation sessions across its regional offices from January 12 to 18.

A bulletin issued by the Ministry today (Jan. 11), said that the sensitisation meetings form part of initiatives being undertaken by the Government to ensure greater awareness of ZIKV.

All primary schools are urged to select two teachers of Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) to attend the sessions and two HFLE teachers and a school nurse from secondary schools.

For further information, persons can contact the HFLE officers in the various regions.

They are: Region 1,  Nordia McIntosh -Vassell at 922-1400; Region 2,  Kerry-Ann Coombs -Williams at 993-5724-5/993- 5603; Region 3, Marie Hayden at 975-2716/917-8440; Region 4, Gwendolyn Morant  at 953-6928-30; Region 5, Marsha Fennell-Bell at 962-1753/962-7098; and  Region 6, Wendy Mullings-Goode at 983-1654-8.

ZIKV has not been detected in Jamaica to date. Symptoms of the virus include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, eyeball pain, inflammation of the eye, vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain, weakness, swelling of the lower limbs and rash consisting of small bumps. Symptoms last approximately four to seven days.

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