The Department of education does not have a health policy in place for private schools, resulting in every school following its own set of norms to deal with medical emergencies.
While some schools have an in-house doctor, some have trained nurses and most have no ambulances.
“In the Delhi State Education Act, 1973 there were no detailed provisions on medical preparedness in schools but we certainly expect all schools to offer basic medical facilities to children in case of an emergency,” said Arvinder Singh Lovely, state education minister, who has called for an enquiry into Bhatia’s death.
“We are now working on guidelines on medical preparedness in all schools,” said Reena Ray, principal secretary (health).
Medical experts in the city however feel that all teachers and in-house nurses in schools must have basic training in artificial resuscitation.
Schools should also have dedicated vehicles for transporting students to the nearest hospital, they say.
“In schools, accidents, food reactions or epilepsy are the most common health crises. All teachers should be trained in provide artificial breathing and enabling blood circulation,” said Dr SK Kabra, additional professor at AIIMS.
Dr MC Mishra, chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre, also suggests that all schools should have a part-time doctor and a full-time trained nurse.
“While emergencies do not happen everyday, one should be equipped for all crises. Ambu-bags and masks are also a must-have for schools. If there is a trained nurse, it is also advisable to keep a few steroids, which could come in handy for immediate revival.”