Keeping indoor playgrounds clean to avoid spread of HFMD

Suhaila Shahrul Annuar

PUTRAJAYA: Dirty indoor playgrounds can become Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) hot zone.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah called on indoor playground operators to observe hygiene and stress on five key measures including putting up signs reminding everyone to keep the area clean.

Another measure operators should observe, he said, was to provide hand sanitiser at the entrance and ensure the children clean their hands before entering and when leaving the playground area.

“Operators should also screen children who want to use their facilities by allowing entry only to healthy children and disinfect the playing equipment every day.

“By doing all these, we hope the spread of HFMD will continue on the current downward trend,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the reminder was necessary following several public holidays this month, which would see many visiting public areas including the playgrounds.

He also urged parents to send their sick children for immediate medical treatment and should not send them to schools or take them to public places especially the playgrounds.

The number of HFMD cases between Jan 1 and Sept 6 were 58,693 cases, he said, adding that it was higher than the year for the same period. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd