The state and health family welfare department has decided to launch a child health guarantee scheme for the children in the age group of 2- 16 years. The scheme named Ashirvad-Bal Swasthya Yojana will be launched by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav this month.
The department had been running a school health programme for the children enrolled in government schools. Under the new scheme, however, children enrolled in government schools, government aided schools, studying in child labour schools, social welfare department schools, informal schools, madarsas, orphanage, juvenile delinquent homes, non schoolgoing children, children of the families residing in brick kilns, children of labourers working at construction sites and nomadic tribes will be covered.
Mission director, national rural health mission (NRHM), Mukesh Meshram on Sunday said the scheme would be launched in three stages. In the first, all schoolgoing and non schoolgoing children would be screened and a health card issued to them. In the second phase, a medical team would carry out health checkup of the children. In the third stage, sick children would be referred to hospitals for treatment.
According to the data of the education department, there are on an average 150 schools in each block. The total number of schools in the state comes to about 1,47,895 with an average 200-250 children enrolled in each school. The census report-2011 states that there are about 8.2 crore children in age group of 2-16 years in UP. There are about 2.58 crore children in urban areas and 5.62 crore in rural areas. The scheme will primarily focus on the children residing in the rural areas.
The state government plans to spend Rs. 136.98 crore on the scheme.