90% of chil­dren suf­fer from my­opia, finds health camp

UN­HEALTHY 600 stu­dents from nurs­ery to Class 10 of Jaipuriar School at San­pada were ex­am­ined

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two po­lice con­sta­bles died and one in­jured in a sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents on the same road in four hours in Bhi­wandi on Tues­day.

Shri­rang Jad­hav, 55, posted at Thane com­mis­sioner of­fice in the spe­cial branch, was re­turn­ing home on his mo­tor­cy­cle.

Around 11.55pm, a speed­ing four-wheeler hit his mo­tor cy­cle on Bhi­wandi-Nashik High­way road.

A beat mar­shal saw Shri­rang ly­ing in­jured on the road and in­formed the po­lice con­trol room.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal but was de­clared dead on ar­rival.

In the sec­ond ac­ci­dent, Yo­gesh Jad­hav, 32, posted at Thane ru­ral com­mis­sioner of­fice was head­ing home from Bhi­wandi-Nashik high­way road around 8.30pm on his two-wheeler. His friend Sachin Anand Mhaske, 30, was sit­ting pil­lion.

A four-wheeler hit the bike from be­hind. Jad­hav’s head hit the di­vider while Mhaske fell on the bushes. Mhaske called up the po­lice. Jad­hav was de­clared dead.

K Son­awane, po­lice subin­spec­tor from Nar­poli po­lice sta­tion, said, “Both the ac­ci­dents were hit and run and took place at night. There is no wit­ness.”

The un­known ac­cused were charged un­der sec­tion 279 (rash driv­ing or rid­ing on a pub­lic way), 304a (caus­ing death by neg­li­gence), and 338 (caus­ing griev­ous hurt by act en­dan­ger­ing life or per­sonal safety of oth­ers) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act 184 and 134.

A multi-spe­cialty health-check camp for stu­dents of Jaipuriar School in San­pada, re­vealed that all is not well with the chil­dren’s health in Navi Mum­bai.

A high per­cent­age of school stu­dents suf­fer from ma­jor den­tal, vi­sion-re­lated and gen­eral health prob­lems.

Out of nearly 600 stu­dents who were screen for the den­tal prob­lems, as many as 90-95% of the chil­dren were found to have se­vere den­tal prob­lems in­clud­ing caries (90% of stu­dents), crowd­ing (95%).

As many as 90% of those screened were de­tected to have var­i­ous vi­sion-re­lated prob­lems. Around 70-80% of stu­dents were found suf­fer­ing from res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems like asthama and al­ler­gies, cold and cough and ton­sils.

Al­most 90% stu­dents were found to have den­tal prob­lems.

For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Vashi, or­gan­ised a multi-spe­cialty camp at San­pada’s Jaipuriar School re­cently and con­ducted var­i­ous health check-ups for 600 stu­dents from nurs­ery to Class 10. Doc­tors also of­fered gen­eral con­sul­ta­tion to the stu­dents and gave them gen­eral tips on bet­ter per­sonal hy­giene and healthy liv­ing.

CL Mad­huri, prin­ci­pal of Jaipuriar School, said: “We will step-up our ef­forts to pro­vide healthy en­vi­ron­ment to our stu­dents and en­sure that chil­dren un­der­stand virtues of healthy liv­ing.”

She added, “We will seek sup­port from par­ents in en­sur­ing that chil­dren stay healthy phys­i­cally as well as emo­tion­ally.”

Dr Bipin Che­vale, fa­cil­ity di­rec­tor, For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Vashi, said, “The find­ings are a mat­ter of con­cern. Chil­dren of all ages are sus­cep­ti­ble to in­fec­tions and dis­eases, most of which go un­de­tected as they are ig­nored by par­ents as well as teach­ers.”

He added, “While most of these prob­lems iden­ti­fied among the stu­dents are seem­ingly mi­nor, they can be­come se­ri­ous if not con­trolled in time. Par­ents and teach­ers must con­sider the health of the chil­dren with ex­tra care and en­sure that they grow in a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.”

Che­vale said, “More weigh­tage must be given to per­sonal hy­giene and over­all well-be­ing at schools. Reg­u­lar health check-ups in early ages help iden­tify is­sues and pro­vide timely treat­ment. In our en­deavor to spread the mes­sage of im­por­tance of health, we will con­tinue to en­gage with var­i­ous schools across the city to fur­ther this cause.”

Sim­i­lar ses­sions have been planned by the hos­pi­tal for other schools in the city.

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