GUWAHATI, Nov 22 – With the introduction of the third generation school health programme of the SPSH Project “Child,” Guwahati is expected to emerge as the model city in the country as far as health care of the school children is concerned.
The programme envisages introduction of telemedicine in schools, online and offline health record maintenance, professionally managed medical emergencies, sick room maintenance, specialised medical checks-up, counselling on reproductive and lifestyle health, erogonomics, safety and staff health. The programme has 26 components.
Project ‘CHILD’ meaning Child Health Intellectual and Lifestyle Development, is an initiative of a group of more than 40 doctors under the banner of Society for Promotion of School Health and Lifestyle Consultancy (SPSH). It has been working in the State for the past ten years.
Till date, this project has covered the life of around 3, 10,000 students in Assam. Of them, around 10,000 students are from Guwahati city. Some of the educational institutions covered by the project include Faculty School, Don Bosco School, Maria’s Public School and the Don Bosco University of the city, said Dr Shantanu Kumar Das chief coordinator of the SPSH Project “CHILD.”
Das said the rest 2.9 lakh students belong to 2008 Government schools located in various parts of the State. These students were covered under a pilot project of the NRHM School Health Programme during the past three years.
Project “Child” is also taking care of the medical emergencies in the Faculty HS School, Don Bosco HS School, Maria’s Public School and in the Don Bosco University, covering around 9,000 students.
Telemedicine is introduced in the above educational institutions of the State. In all these institutions trained nurses, supported by emergency medicines, oxygen cylinders, ambulance with driver, among others will be made available.
The health records of each of the students are kept in both hard and soft forms making it easily accessible for the students and doctors concerned from any part of the globe. Now on, the health of the teachers and staff of the educational institutions would also be taken care of under the project – specially on their mental health-related issues.
Third party monitoring with photographic evidence on school sanitation so as to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene has also been planned under the project. Assessment of the quality of water used in the educational institutions would also be done under it every three months.
The school mental health programme launched under the project would be improved further with inclusion of more psychiatrists and psychologists, besides periodical monitoring of the canteens of these educational institutions, Das said.