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Anxiety rises at Chiba Prefecture facilities for disabled people as “non-contact type thermometer is not available”

Shigeo Hoshino, the manager of Akebono-no-en, said: “The country attaches great importance to refraining from going out and refraining from contact with people. I'm afraid of the spread of the infection because of the nature of the facility, which means that people live in groups. "


Written with extracts translated from NHK

April 9th 2020

CHIBA – Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the supply of non-contact type thermometers that can be measured quickly without touching the skin to Japan has been delayed, and it is not possible to thoroughly implement infection prevention measures from facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities in Chiba Prefecture. Anxiety is rising.

At the Hokuso nursery garden. in Higashisho Town, Chiba Prefecture, where an outbreak of the new coronavirus occurred, it has been pointed out that it was difficult to measure daily body temperature depending on the disability of residents, and it was difficult to grasp suspected infection at an early stage.

At Akebono-no-en, a facility for disabled people in Chiba City, there is a sense of danger about the spread of infection nationwide, and instead of a conventional thermometer sandwiched beneath the armpits, measurements can be taken quickly without touching the skin, and there is no burden on residents. Attempts were made to buy a non-contact type, but it is still unavailable.

According to a major manufacturer of non-contact thermometers, production at a factory in China has stopped, supply to Japan has been delayed, and shipments will be resumed with the end of the major holidays next month.

Shigeo Hoshino, the manager of Akebono-no-en, said, “With conventional thermometers, many residents dislike it and must take time to contact each other to measure temperatures. I’m in trouble. ”

“Akebono-en” located in Inage-ku, Chiba provides support for the living and employment of approximately 90 people with intellectual disabilities who come from local communities.

After the user arrives at the facility, the temperature is measured sequentially with a conventional thermometer sandwiched under the arm from around 9 am every morning, but some people dislike it, so the staff should cover it from behind. May be

At the facility, in the case of the new coronavirus, it was better to avoid contact between the user and the staff, but from around February, we tried to purchase a non-contact type thermometer via the Internet, etc. Has been delivered to you.

In addition to hand washing, gargle, and thorough disinfection, windows are regularly opened and ventilated to prevent infection, but it is important to quickly measure the body temperature of residents and thoroughly manage their health. We are waiting for the arrival of the product, as it is indispensable to grasp the infection early.

Shigeo Hoshino, the manager of Akebono Garden, said that he was shocked about the outbreak that occurred at a welfare facility for the disabled in Higashisho Town, Chiba Prefecture. There is a high risk of getting infected or getting infected because one of them may be close to helping, and I think it would be easier to get help with a non-contact thermometer afterwards. ”

“The country attaches great importance to refraining from going out and refraining from contact with people. I’m afraid of the spread of the infection because of the nature of the facility, which means that people live in groups. “

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