Antabax introduces ABC for Health campaign to help curb the spread of HFMD

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Mr Kenny Sim, CEO of R.E.A.L Education Group Sdn Bhd together with Mr Francis Ng, Senior General Manager, Household and Personal Care, Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd officiating the Antabax ABC (Always Be Clean) for Health campaign.

(L-R Front) Ms Mandy Lee, Senior Product Manager, Household and Personal Care Department, Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd, Senior Assistant Directors MOH Pn Rufina Dalis Jimen and Mr Sasitheran K. K. Nair, Mr Kenny Sim, Ms Esther Chien, Principal of R.E.A.L Kids Sunway and Pn Habibah Jalil, Nurse and Lecturer, together with nurses from MAHSA University.

(L-R Back) Ms Malarini Vemalarajah, Senior Centre Manager of R.E.A.L Kids Shah Alam and Sunway Zone, R.E.A.L Education Group Sdn Bhd.

R.E.A.L Kids student learning correct hand washing techniques

HALAL antibacterial personal care brand Antabax introduced its “Always Be Clean (ABC) for Health” campaign, in support of the Health Ministry’s effort to curb the spread of HFMD in the country.

The brand partnered with R.E.A.L Kids, an owner-operated kindergarten chain with 33 centres across the nation and some 5,000 students. Its aim: to educate the public by raising awareness among pre-schoolers and parents. Below are simple tips and prevention methods disseminated through programmes at the kindergartens and shared across Antabax social media platforms.

What is HFMD?
HFMD is a moderately contagious illness caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus. Among the most common strain of virus known to cause HFMD outbreaks are the Enterovirus 71 and Coxsackievirus A16.

It is typically transmitted through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, blister fluid and faeces of an infected person[ https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/transmission.html].

Who is most likely to be affected?
This contagious illness commonly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old because their bodies have yet to develop immunity towards viruses that cause HFMD[ https://www.cdc.gov/features/handfootmouthdisease/index.html]. However, older children and adults can also be affected by the HFMD viruses.

Signs and Symptoms of HFMD
Early symptoms are fever which is often followed by a sore throat, loss of appetite and general malaise. Between one and two days after, painful sores may appear in the mouth and/or throat, red spots developing on their palm and/or soles which may turn into blisters.

These symptoms, however, vary among children[ http://www.myhealth.gov.my/en/hand-foot-mouth-disease-hfmd/].

Treating HFMD?
There is no specific medicine or vaccine for HFMD. This viral disease has to run its course; many doctors do not prescribe medicine for this illness. Fever reducers and luke-warm baths can help bring the temperature down. Cold foods like ice cream or smoothies can also help in easing the sore throats of sufferers who usually have trouble swallowing. It is recommended that those affected drink lots of water to stay hydrated[ https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/hfm.html].

What can you do to prevent the spread of HFMD?
The risk of catching HFMD or any other communicable diseases can be lowered through good hygiene practice including frequent handwashing with soap and water especially after touching any blisters or sores, using the toilet, changing an infant’s diapers and before preparing food and eating, and feeding young infants.

It is important to always be aware of suspect surfaces. Infection by indirect contact can be reduced by avoiding touching them or sanitizing the surface with an antibacterial spray. Other ways that can help reduce the risk of infection is by avoiding close contact with children infected with HFMD. Parents should keep infants and sick children away from the other kids at the kindergarten, nursery, school or gatherings until they have recovered.

According to Mr Francis Ng, Senior General Manager, Household and Personal Care, Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd, the brand is mobilising its resources to assist the community as more children from pre-schools and primary schools are affected by the disease.

“HFMD is taking a toll on the socio-economics of the communities as parents have to take time off from work to care for their unwell children and schools that are affected have been closed temporarily. A concerted effort among all parties can help to reduce the spread of HFMD while creating the habit of good hygiene”.

Antabax products are said to be able to kill 99.9% of germs. Its products which include hand soap, bar soap, shower cream, antibacterial sanitiser spray, antibacterial sanitiser gel and antibacterial wipes are being distributed at pre-schools in areas reported with high HFMD affected numbers.

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