A special panel of the health ministry this week presented an interim report containing guidelines on preventing death or illness due to food allergies at schools.
The panel was formed after an 11-year-old girl, who was allergic to dairy products, died of anaphylactic shock after she ate a school lunch in Chofu, Tokyo, last December.
The report pointed out that allergy guidelines distributed to each school have not been actively used, Fuji TV reported Tuesday. The ministry said it will improve allergy manuals as well as instruct teachers on how to treat children suffering an allergy attack. In the past, some teachers have expressed reluctance about using epinephrine auto-injectors to inject adrenaline when students have an allergy attack.
The ministry also wants to strengthen communication between local fire stations, schools and parents who will be asked to make sure schools have a record of their children's allergies and what drugs are to be used in case allergic symptoms appear, Fuji reported.
Starting from August, the ministry will conduct a survey of all public schools on the numbers of children known to have allergies and how they are dealing with them.© Japan Today