April 29, 2020
Schools well placed to detect strep throat
A south Auckland GP says with kids returning to school, it’s time for a catch up on strep throat.
Dr Rawiri Jansen says while the focus has been on stopping the spread of COVID-19, the risk of rheumatic fever and other infectious diseases still lurks in the background.
Schools have learned to be in the forefront of detecting this.
"I’m really interested in kids with sore throats, getting those managed and most of the time getting treated for strep throat. It's a really important thing that has actually been missed for several weeks and that worries me greatly. COVID not so much, I think schools have got this, they're well organised, and kids back to school’s is a good thing," he says.
Dr Jansen says Māori and Pasifika communities have done a really good job of getting through 34 days of lockdown, and if they want to splash out on a favourite takeaway, kei te pai.
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