Re: Deadly Communicable Disease
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 23:58:38 -0000
I don't get lost in the hills ehhm - just mislaid
I don't contribute much to this group I really like to "lurk" and listen.
However this thread is likely to get interesting.
There are several issues - in the UK when we take young people away parents
are asked to fill out a health questionnaire. I am still amazed at the
number of parents who do not declare their child is a bed wetter or has
asthma. I doubt we would get them to declare that their child was HIV.
But the fact remains that any relevant medical condition should be conveyed
to the Leader. In the UK we follow national rules and rarely make local
rules about this kind of thing. Education of the children is important.
It seems a shame that a child who is HIV is denied the joy of Scouting.
But again in the UK Leaders are allowed to make their own decision as to
whether to take a child with special needs into the Troop Unit or Pack. As
a serving police officer in the UK we like all officers are aware of the
risk but you are more likely to be infected with Hep B. It is possible to
contract HIV by blood contamination and we wear rubber gloves for this.
Providing one is careful I would venture to suggest the measures proposed
are a bit over the top. Our local police Surgeon considers even police
officers to be at minimal risk providing they take sensible precautions.
To give an example quoted by the Doc. She maintains that to become infected
via saliva you would need to drink a gallon of it! To conclude - my
humble, if mistaken, view is if any child with special needs, be they
medical or otherwise, wishes to join and you can cope - go for it. It has
been my experience that these children are the most special and are
rewarding in ways that so called "normal" kids are not. After all whatever
their affliction it is not the child's fault.
ADC (L/T) Sidcup Kent UK
(These are my views and do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of my
National or Local Association)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City