In a very disturbing revelation, close to 50 per cent students of Delhi government schools, out of those who underwent a health screening recently, were found to be suffering from one ailment or the other.A total of 26,411 schoolchildren were screened for deficiencies, diseases and disabilities under the Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna during the last eight weeks. An analysis of the data was carried out and it was found that 60 per cent of these students were anaemic, 40 per cent were suffering from refractive error and almost everyone had poor oral hygiene and has dental caries.
Concerned over the rising numbers of anaemic students, the government will soon launch a special drive. There are a total of 1,800 schools run by the Delhi government.
At least 5,527 students have been referred for further investigation and treatment to private hospitals.
A database is also being created for each student with details related to their health and ailments, if any.
"Seventy seven medical teams from the government and 19 teams from the private sectors are actively participating in the programme. The medical examination has been completed in 20 schools and is under progress in 37 schools," said AK Walia, health minister.
The students have been referred to CNSY district first referral units and tertiary hospitals.
All schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment run schools, apart from Delhi government schools, are covered under the scheme. A total of 14.74 lakh children will be covered.
Officials said anaemic students would also be distributed iron and folic acid tablets as part of the programme. Anaemia is the most common disorder of the blood. It is a condition that takes place when there is reduced number of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) or haemoglobin concentration.
Besides screening, Delhi Government doctors also conduct counselling session and immediate treatment given to students with deficiencies and those detected with diseases.
Apart from this, 9,908 schoolchildren also attended the outpatient department (OPD) run by the doctors during their visit to the schools.