A TOTAL of 14 schools in Ayer Itam will be equipped with a smart infrared thermometer and automatic hand sanitiser dispenser each.
Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng Soon Siang said the initiative is carried out by its service centre as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic when the schools start to reopen tomorrow.
“The assistance involves 10 primary and four secondary schools under the Ayer Itam constituency.
“However, out of 14 schools that I try to give out the items, there are two secondary schools that are not allowing me to handover the items inside the school compounds. The main reason given by the school management is because they receive the order from the Federal Government to do so.
“This is really unfortunate as I just try to do my part as an elected representative for my constituency.
“Thus, I hope the current government led by the Perikatan Nasional should stop playing politics and set aside the political differences. Please be professional when it involves the people’s interest,” he told reporters during the handover ceremony at Chung Ling Private High School today.
Also present was Chung Ling Private High School principal Ng Jooi Seah.
To date, Joseph said two secondary schools already got the items while other schools will receive them gradually.
He said the cost of 14 units of smart infrared thermometer and automatic hand sanitiser dispenser is nearly RM20,000 which is fully borne by his service centre.
“The smart infrared thermometer will make it faster to carry out body temperature checks on each student if compared with the usual thermal scanner.
“Thus, this will make it easier for the school management to take the body temperature of their students. It is also much more effective and convenient especially for schools with a high number of students.
“The automatic hand sanitiser dispenser also will reduce the risk of the virus transmission as it does not require direct contact every time a student needs to use it unlike manually operated types,” he added.
Joseph also reminded every school management to always follow strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the Covid-19 transmission.
Story by Riadz Akmal
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