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School Health Scheme

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School lays a country’s foundation for the future and has a major effect on host of issues, including health. Science of psychology tells that what is learnt at this “impressionable stage of life” in terms of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors has a lasting impact on the entire lifespan of the individual. Health is maintained and diseases most effectively controlled by knowledge – knowledge of prevention of disease and early recognition of signs of sickness. Ensuring that children have access to knowledge ensures that they are able to change not only their own attitude and behavior, but that of their families and communities as well. This is the primary reason for health issues occupying the center stage in the school curriculum.

Schools play a vital role in the overall development of a child into a competent productive adult who contributes usefully to society. Health is an important aspect of development of children and education is an important determinant of health. Almost all children attend school at some time during their lives and spend 6-7 hours of their time everyday in that learning environment. Apart from this, the school curriculum can have substantial influence on health promoting behaviors. Schools are often the strongest social and educational institutions available for execution of interventional programs as they have the required structure and governance. Schools have profound influence on thinking patterns and behaviors of children, their families, and the community in general.

Providing easy access to health to children in schools, nutrition and hygiene education and services is a simple and cost effective tool which can go a long way in the prevention and control of communicable and non communicable diseases Population stabilization, gender and demographic balance are other issues that the country has been grappling with since independence. The tender formative years at school could well be the launching pad for addressing these concerns in the years to come. India is developing country; importance is not given to health as required because of poverty and socio cultural milieu. A substantial number of school children from pediatric age to adolescent suffer from various diseases, which can be prevented if diagnosed and treated early and preventive measures taken in time.

Keeping this in view the Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of NCT Delhi, started School health scheme in March 1979 with six School health clinics initially which were later increased to provide comprehensive health care services to the school going children. The School Health clinics were established in the school premises itself for easy accessibility to children.  These were planned to cover the children studying in Government and Government Aided Secondary schools.

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