Education authorities halt extra-curricular activities as dengue fears escalate

Education authorities have stopped short of closing schools despite taking the decision to suspend extra-curricular activities over concerns about the further spread of dengue fever in the country, according to local media reports.

The government yesterday labelled an outbreak of the virus across Male’ and a number of islands as “an epidemic” after drafting the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) into efforts to try and combat the disease spreading.

Concerns have risen after the virus was linked to the death of four children over two days this week.

Amidst concerns about the further spread of the virus, education officials told local media today that they were suspending outdoor camps and other after-school activities in an attempt to minimize infection rates.

According to local newspaper Haveeru, the escalation of concerns about the prevalence of dengue has led to the formation of a makeshift ward at Male’s Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) that consists of 19 beds specifically to treat suspected dengue cases.

The paper has also report added that a four-year old boy hospitalised at IGMH since June 28 was in too serious a condition to be moved abroad for treatment.