Delta to Launch Com­pre­hen­sive Health Pro­gramme in All Schools

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD DEVELOPMENT - Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

To en­sure that no child is left out in the ‘Health for all Deltans’ pol­icy of Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Okowa’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, Delta State Gov­ern­ment is set to launch the Com­pre­hen­sive School Health Pro­gramme in all schools across the State to cater for the health­care needs of school chil­dren.

Dis­clos­ing this dur­ing a re­cent ad­vo­cacy visit to the State min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ba­sic and Sec­ondary, to in­form the com­mis­sioner of the pro­gramme, Chair­man, Delta State Pri­mary Health Care Devel­op­ment Agency (DSPHCDA), Dr. Isioma Okobah re­vealed that the pro­gramme was aimed at en­sur­ing to­tal health well­be­ing of the child.

Okobah, speak­ing on the ob­jec­tive of the Delta State Com­pre­hen­sive School Health Pro­gramme (DSCHP), tagged ‘No Child Left Be­hind’ said the pro­gramme was aimed at prompt­ing the health well­be­ing of the child through the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate health ed­u­ca­tion on com­mon health is­sues, proper hy­giene, nu­tri­tion, healthy life­style and dis­ease pre­ven­tions.

The chair­man said the pro­gramme would help to en­sure that at the point of en­ter­ing school, every child would be made to un­dergo cer­tain clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion so as to quickly ad­dress any health is­sue the child may be hav­ing, adding that early de­tec­tion of health is­sues was the most re­li­able way to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Con­tin­u­ing, she dis­closed that every child would be made to present his or her im­mu­ni­sa­tion card to en­sure the child is fully pro­tected from child­hood killer dis­eases, adding that when a child is dis­cov­ered to have failed in com­plet­ing the rou­tine im­mu­ni­sa­tion re­quire­ment, the child would be made to un­dergo those vac­ci­na­tions he or she may have failed to take.

While say­ing that the pro­gramme pro­vides pro­mo­tional, pre­ven­tive and cu­ra­tive health ser­vices to school chil­dren, Okobah re­vealed that DSCHP would also col­lab­o­rate with the school chil­dren feed­ing pro­gramme to en­sure the pro­vi­sion of ad­e­quate nu­tri­tional meal for the chil­dren in or­der to ad­dress mal­nu­tri­tion among chil­dren.

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