The Patiala district administration has decided to constitute seven quick response teams to ensure free medical check-ups of students enrolled with government and aided schools.Deputy commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam said that over 1.35 lakh school children were examined in Patiala district last year, besides generating awareness about health and hygiene among them.
"To tackle the health situations emerging in the district, seven quick response teams will be constituted to cover schools in the near future," he said.He added that the students in 1793 Anganwari centres will also be covered under this healthcare plan.
"In 2014, as many as 16 cases of congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease and a cancer case came to fore and were given timely treatment free of cost", Roojam informed.
He added that all the government and aided school children were medically examined free of cost and the students admitted in Anganwari centres were examined twice during last year. They intend on repeating the feat this year.
The DC further informed that the purpose of these medical checkups is to provide timely treatment to students ailing from vision disorders, skin diseases, ENT problems, cardiology, thalassemia and cancer."Serious cases are referred to multi-speciality hospital for advanced treatment. The expenditure incurred on the treatment is borne by the government," he added.
Roojam said that they are already providing spectacles to children suffering from vision disorders, besides providing folic acid and iron medicines on weekly basis to anaemic students.