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Ministry issues heat wave guidelines

Taing Vida and Mom Kunthear / Khmer Times Share:
The ministry wants to ensure student safety. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has issued guidelines to prevent outbreaks of diseases in all education institutions in the Kingdom during the current hot and dry spell.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr Chuon Naron advised students to bring clean water from their homes to school to drink during a forecast heat wave from Friday to Wednesday.

“The high temperatures can cause health risks, such as heart disease, lung disease, sunburn, and other diseases such as diarrhoea, malnutrition, and other mental health problems,” he said. “You all have to protect yourselves by drinking clean water and eating hygienic food and also wear clothes that are thin and soft during the high temperature.”

Mr Chuon Naron also recommended that teachers encourage students to plant trees in their schools and homes to provide future cover from the strong sun.

He also urged the municipal and provincial education department directors to raise people’s awareness about the dangers of extreme heat.

Ouk Chhayavy, Cambodian Independent Teachers Association president, yesterday said every teacher or school director should already know how to protect their students during hot weather, but it is good that the education minister has issued guidelines to remind them.

“I think that in order to prevent health risks, not only teachers and students but the parents too have to join together to educate the children about how to protect themselves during the hot season,” she said.

Oum Bunroth, 36, a father of a four year-old, yesterday said that his son studies in a private school and sometimes the school suffers power cuts.

“I am really worried about my son’s health due to high temperatures because he is too small and he does not know how to protect himself from the heat, especially during blackouts,” he said.

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