New Delhi: Schools are the place for the students to enhance their education and knowledge but now options are being searched to keep a check on children’s health. Alike mid-day meal, arrangements are being made for the students to provide them regular and compulsory dose of iron and folic acid to keep the students’ health problems at bay.  Moreover, children’s regular health check-up and separate arrangements for them in the hospitals will be provided if everything goes well.

Senior official of the Health Ministry has said that schools can be the best place to provide health facilities to the children above 6 of age because as per the Right To Education (RTE) act, it is compulsory for the children from 6 to 14 of age to get the admission in the schools.

He further added that 15 states have formed separate teams to implement the school health programmes in the best possible way in the schools.

Now, combined task force is being formed to include the guidelines from Human Resources Development Ministry as well. Earlier, both the ministries have given their nod in this regard.

Anjali Nayyar, senior vice-president of the non-governmental Organisation ‘Global Health Strategy’ who have actively participated in discussions on School Health Programmes, said, “ Health Ministry have provided its guidelines for the School Health Programmes but everybody agreed to prepare a common roadmap for its proper implementation.”

Based on the earlier experiences of School Heath Programmes in three districts of Rajasthan and Delhi, it was found that the mission can be started soon through the current policies.

If the menu is fixed, the students and guardians will start to demand it. First aid-box and weighing machine would also be provided in each and every school under the awareness programme.


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