COVID-19: Odisha Govt issues advisory for school students

Bhubaneswar: In view of global spread of novel coronavirus and rising number of cases across the country, Odisha government today directed education officials to create awareness among school students for prevention of the deadly infections.

Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) issued an advisory to all the district education officers (DEOs), district project coordinators (DPCs) and block education officers (BEOs) to spread the awareness to tackle coronavirus or COVID-19.

The authorities suggested the officials to create awareness especially among the school going students on do’s and don’ts for prevention of the infections.

“In order to create awareness among students, preventive interventions such as frequent hand wash, respiratory etiquettes (using handkerchief over mouth while coughing/sneezing, use of issue paper or using the sleeve of shirt covering upper arm staying away from school when sick, avoiding public gatherings etc.) would help in preventing/reducing transmission of not only this disease, but also large number of other communicable disease, notably flu-like illnesses,” OSEPA stated in an advisory.

The authorities said that all the headmasters of schools be directed to create awareness among the students of all the government and private schools.

The advisory came just a day after the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) wrote a letter to Chief Secretaries of all the states including Odisha urging to direct all the schools to create awareness amongst the students on deadly coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 3,000 lives globally.

Notably, the coronavirus turmoil continues to widen across the globe with 3,287 deaths and 95,606 cases so far. While toll in China crossed 3,000, the US reported a total of 11 deaths.

COVID-19 is spreading its wings rapidly across more than 80 countries. In India, there have been 30 confirmed cases so far. Many nations are preparing for a global pandemic as the infections are rising after being spread within communities rather than being imported from China. The countries like Italy, South Korea, Iran and Japan reported a large number of confirmed cases in a past few weeks.

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