SA teachers need to be trained on food allergy care, says foundation
The Allergy Foundation of South Africa says more teachers across the country need be trained on how to provide food allergy care.
This comes as the globe observes World Allergy Week in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of allergy on our communities.
The foundation's CEO, Professor Mike Levin, says food allergies are increasing, especially among young children.
2.5% of children between the ages of one and three have a proven food allergy.Prof Mike Levin, Head of the Allergy Clinic - Red Cross War Memorial Hospital for Children
Levin says the government needs to invest in educating teachers on how to minimise the risk of allergens in the school environment.
Teachers need to be aware of any children with allergies in the classroom, help prevent contact with those allergens and also be able to respond to allergic reactions, he explains.
There are a lot of people who have serious, potentially life-threatening allergies who haven't been able to access a medical practitioner or get decent guidance about how to deal with that problem.Prof Mike Levin, Head of the Allergy Clinic - Red Cross War Memorial Hospital for Children
There's not enough awareness among other children and their parents about how serious the problem is.Prof Mike Levin, Head of the Allergy Clinic - Red Cross War Memorial Hospital for Children
We want teachers to be aware of the problem.Prof Mike Levin, Head of the Allergy Clinic - Red Cross War Memorial Hospital for Children
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