Abu Dhabi: All educators across Abu Dhabi are required to complete an H1N1 training session. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is involved in offering 181 private schools across the emirate an intensive five-day H1N1 prevention workshop which commenced Monday.

Within the next two weeks, public schools will also be required to undergo the training.

Two staff members are selected from each school and are required to attend the workshop, along with nurses that have not already been trained. More than 300 school nurses have already been trained to manage students with H1N1 symptoms, alongside 100 extra staff members across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Each school is required to attend only one session during the week, and not all five days.

The two selected school administrators are being trained to transfer H1N1 knowledge to school staff, students and parents, emphasising the importance of taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of H1N1 in schools.

Another 304 public schools across the emirate, (who are due to start the academic year after Eid), will be given a similar one-week H1N1 prevention training.

Schools have also been given detailed risk management material and preparedness regarding H1N1, and have been instructed to immediately report any infected H1N1 cases to their area's education zone, which will in turn report to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the HAAD.

The reporting mechanism between schools and education councils is done on a daily basis.

Gulf News reported last Sunday that two students from the British School Al Khubairat, aged 10 and nine, were diagnosed with H1N1 and are currently seeking the required medical assistance under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and the HAAD.

Officials from both bodies confirmed that the closure of schools is highly unlikely. "If deemed necessary, we have developed a phased action management plan in conjunction with ADEC which includes remote teaching and learning components," said Zeid Al Siksek, HAAD CEO.

In a circular issued to the media, Al Siksek said: "If a child is not feeling well and is presenting with symptoms of an influenza, school nurses teachers and staff are being trained with clear guidelines and protocols to identify potential cases and for the rapid referral of the child for appropriate medical treatment."

Your comments

Good step, all Emirates should follow this step...
Posted: September 08, 2009, 17:18

i beleive opening schools before Eid wasnt a wise decision as we all know what protection do we really have in bus?half of students use bus and this is a viral infection one carelessness could result to dangerous consequences. What assurity do we have that this is going to be perfect and no one will be infected ,Giving somttimes till EId could have given schools more time and they could have patiently thought of better plans. Schools were careless that is why now they have found only those two kids?what about others ?studying in a school which is multiculutred maybe when more people will get infected then the school might realise but will that recover the losses? there is still time and ministry should take a wise decision that is give us some more time till or more than EID
Aldo bendick
Posted: September 08, 2009, 14:33

some schools have even not taken any precautions like normal sanitisers they have told the students to bring from their house reqularly what kind of precautions? even after paying a very high fees.
Posted: September 08, 2009, 14:02

Great Job, Like usual even with H1N1, its EDUCATION.. keep up the good effort. And work on Mobile Health, like we do.
Theo B. Swineflulabs
Posted: September 08, 2009, 13:26

All teachers must be taken the traning for H1N1 and explain to childrens every morning before start the class.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: September 08, 2009, 13:13

What is expected for HAAD is direction for all residents of Emirates to approach which hospital? off course awarness programs and poster all over the Emirates will help people to be aware. Circular advising people not to spit on roads, cover oneself while sneezing.
Ebrahim Al Mulla
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: September 08, 2009, 12:07

That we call strike the hammer on right place. HAAD work to prevent H1NI is really appreciating. Thanks to HAAD
Mohammad Sa'ad
Posted: September 08, 2009, 10:52

School should be close down for ramdan time. Private schools are opend only for collecting fees.
Posted: September 08, 2009, 10:30

Now all the private schools are started and all the students are back from vacation. Ministry should declare 1 week holiday to all private schools now, so the students will stay at home.
Said Mohammad Sameer
Posted: September 08, 2009, 09:48