‘Weirdly, it’s just not very good’ as Swedish school students struggle to clean up after school
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Sweden has a reputation for being a pretty clean country, but many parents are concerned the high levels of bacteria in the air are causing problems in the schools.
The city of Malmö recently released a report into the issue, which revealed that almost half of schools in the Swedish capital had a bacteria level of more than 5 micrograms per cubic meter.
According to the Swedish Health Council, the problem has been largely attributed to a lack of good hygiene equipment and cleaning solutions in the homes of the city’s youth.
“There are actually lots of bacteria and mould and so forth in the home,” said Lena Bober, the mayor of Malmo.
“That’s why we have to take all the things we can to be safe.”
Malmo recently launched a pilot project in schools where students will be given a “hygiene kit” and a sponge to wipe their hands, face and mouths.
“It is not a soap, but a sponge that you use in the shower to wipe your hands,” Bober said.
“There are no hand sanitizer on the market that is so good.”
The kit will be offered at school afternoons as well as in the summer, and parents will be able to pay for it by taking their children to a designated place.
In some districts, parents will have to be present for the visit, so they can also make arrangements to take their children there.
Parents also have to pay to have their children sterilised and have their sterilised children inoculated.
Malmo’s school district, however, does not currently have a sterilisation service.
The school district’s health minister, Rami Råberg, told the local news site Aftonbladet that the school district was considering a sterilization service as part of the pilot project, but was waiting on the Swedish government’s response.
“We need to have a good sterilization policy in Sweden, which is not just for children, but for all people,” Råburg said.
Malmo’s district has been testing sterilization kits since 2015, but has had to pull them off the market because they were not available in the majority of Sweden’s major cities.
“This is a good way to make sure the kids are doing well in schools, but also for other children who may be in school,” said Bober.
The district has also announced a plan to install sterilization machines in the district’s public libraries.
The government also plans to introduce a compulsory education programme in schools and colleges, and introduce a number of other hygiene measures.
But some parents are worried that the new measures will not help their children in any way.
“I am not so sure about it,” said one parent who declined to be named.
“A lot of people here are not used to having the children’s bodies around them and I think it’s too risky.”
Sweden has a reputation for being a pretty clean country, but many parents are concerned the high levels of bacteria…