Various campaigns organised to raise awareness of health, safety and cleanliness issues among students, says Dr Mah

IPOH: Various campaigns are being held to encourage pupils and students to go to school and to raise awareness of several health and safety issues, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (pic).

The Deputy Education Minister said the campaigns were focused on health, safety and cleanliness.

“Among the campaigns we have planned are on obesity and mental health.

“We want our school-going children and their parents to realise that apart from learning through their homework, students and pupils will also be able to learn about the importance of health, safety and cleanliness,” he said during a breaking of fast session with the media at a hotel here Saturday (April 23).

On Dec 12, 2021, Marital and Family Therapy Association Malaysia vice-president Bawany Chinapan said it was crucial for youths to have access to mental health support, especially after coping with the stress of the pandemic.

Dr Mah said the campaign was an important one as prevention and support was better than a cure after the problem had escalated.

“For example, adults with thalassemia genes must first check what type of thalassemia they carry as it may affect their future children.

“If it is a minor, it should not be a problem but if it is major, then it could bring harm,” he said, adding that parents must also contribute to help educate their children.