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Updated: 04/19/2013 23:54 | By Channel NewsAsia

Childcare centres & nursing homes near dengue hotspots step up prevention measures

Childcare centres & nursing homes near dengue hotspots step up prevention measures


Childcare centres & nursing homes near dengue hotspots step up prevention measures

SINGAPORE: Some nursing homes and childcare centres located near dengue hotspots are stepping up measures to stay clear from the disease.

A childcare centre located in Tampines Street 21, for example, has reduced the number of outdoor activities from twice daily to just once and now closes its windows the entire day.

Current affairs classes are also held twice weekly - this time with greater emphasis on staying safe from dengue, such as learning how to apply insect repellent.

Separately, a nursing home in Bedok has its gardens and drains cleaned on alternative days and checked for stagnant rain water. Rooms are sprayed with insecticide weekly.

And indoor areas cleared of any potential mosquito breeding sites such as flower vases.

Health experts have said that children and the elderly are at greatest risk of suffering from complications, if they contract dengue.

Principal of PCF Tampines East, Selene Chua-Neo said: "We try to minimise the outdoor experience but we do not want to deprive the children from outdoor activity. So we get the parent's consent to apply insect repellent on the children. This will safeguard their safety during outdoor activities.”

Administrator at Moral Home For The Aged Sick, Winnie Koh said: "We did actually buy the mosquito repellents and put into every room in the ward to prevent mosquito and in the night we normally close the windows and the doors - especially areas where there are a lot of plants." - CNA/ck

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