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Schools reopening important for students – Health Director

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/04/2020

The Health Director has re-emphasized the importance for schools to resume this week as children are being taught their important role and basic hygiene they could observe while being away from home.

Dr. Siale ‘Akauola says, the time at school not only allows students to catch up on their school work but is also the perfect opportunity for students to practice social distancing and hygienic lifestyles – and although it will be quite difficult, the children needs to understand this even while they are at school.

Dr. ‘Akauola said, global statistics show that majority of COVID-19 deaths are elderlies, meaning children are less likely to die from the virus and therefore, they need to apply social distancing at home especially for their elderly relatives.

He called for closer cooperation with parents and teachers to encourage these measures in the schools

Meanwhile, Dr. Reynold ‘Ofanoa – head of Public Health elaborated on why they strongly believe schools resuming this week will pose no threat to the lives of the children.

Dr. ‘Ofanoa says, last year, the age group mostly affected from the measles outbreak were those between the ages of 11 -21 however, this year, the elderlies are the most vulnerable and therefore this was the main reason why they agree for schools to resume this week.

With preparations for the future, Dr. ‘Ana ‘Akauola says, if the borders will be opened for Tongans abroad, the Ministry will check all passengers as they arrive to ensure they are healthy enough to enter the country.

Vaiola Hospital yesterday received donations of hospital beds for the Mu’a health center along with other medical equipment and supplies.

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