Dubai Municipality fights COVID-19 with school sterilisation programme
Specialised firms under the direction of Dubai Municipality are implementing programmes across 208 private schools
Dubai Municipality (DM) has overseen the implementation of sterilisation procedures carried out by specialised companies in 80 private schools in Dubai, as part of the UAE’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The preventive measures taken up by Dubai government entities are in line with the directives of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, as well as the guidelines of the World Health Organisation.
A comprehensive sterilisation programme is being implemented in 208 private schools in Dubai to ensure the health and safety of more than 300,000 students as well as staff, according to the head of Dubai Municipality’s Public Health and Safety Department, Dr Naseem Mohammed Rafee.
Specialised companies are conducting the sterilisation with products that ensure effective disinfection without causing any harm to people’s health, in compliance with the Dubai Municipality’s standards.
In addition, Dubai Municipality will also coordinate with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and private schools to commence the sterilisation of buses.
The sterilisation process in each school will take 6-48 hours depending on the size of the institution. The sterilisation team will not leave the school premises until all the disinfection procedures have been carried out in accordance with the Dubai Municipality requirements.
The sterilisation procedure seeks to remove debris, organic matter, and other material that pose contamination risks. The procedures ensure protection from harmful bacteria and viruses, according to the state-run Dubai Media Office.
Dubai Municipality has issued directives to schools to ensure daily cleaning procedures will be carried out using approved high-quality products to ensure the highest level of decontamination.
As part of the procedure, cleaning teams spray an anti-microbial protectant on surfaces that provides additional protection for 30 days. The sterilisation also includes controlled fumigation to disinfect AC units.
On 7 March, the UAE Ministry of Education announced a comprehensive sterilisation plan for schools and universities in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention. As part of the plan, 620 schools and 6,000 school buses have already been sterilised.