No need to suspend school activities yet over H5N1, says Health Ministry


ALOR STAR: The Education Ministry will await a full report from the Health Ministry on the H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Kelantan before deciding on whether there is a need to suspend school sessions in the affected areas.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would heed the Health Ministry’s advice, should there be a need to suspend school sessions.

"We will take the necessary action based on a full report from the Health Ministry.

"It is the same situation in Perak (avian flu outbreak) but based on the Health Ministry’s advice, for now there is no need to quarantine students and they are allowed to take part in sports activities," he told reporters at SJKC Keat Hwa (S) here today.

Earlier, Mahdzir handed over a special allocation fund for Chinese vernacular schools in Kedah and Perlis from the federal government.

He was commenting on the H5N1 outbreak which saw the Kelantan government declaring a ‘state disaster' under the MKN 20 (National Security Council) Order yesterday.

Under the MKN 20 Order, the resources of all relevant departments in the state will used to control the outbreak.