When it comes to health and sanitation facilities in Chandigarh schools, the situation is far from satisfactory. The UT schools lack toilet facilities, safe drinking water and proper first-aid facilities, a study by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has found.
According to the study published in July issue of Nursing and Midwifery Research Journal, the institute’s National Institute of Nursing Education studied a total 25 schools —13 government run and 12 private.
Of the schools covered, 11 were high schools and 14 were senior secondary schools. The study found insufficient toilet facilities, lack of safe drinking water facilities, illmaintained first-aid kits and poor transportation facilities, which needed to be addressed immediately.
Out of the total 25 schools, only 56% schools had sufficient number of toilets for boys and 60% schools had sufficient number of toilets for the girls. The conditions were better in private schools. A total of 8% schools lacked drinking water facilities.
When it comes to the safety of school children, 22 school buildings (88%) were having a boundary wall higher than five feet—12 government run and 10 private schools. Only 12 schools had fencing on all sides.
Almost all schools had security guard at the main gate. As far as the fire safety norms are concerned, 20 schools had fire extinguishers.
Only 46% government run and 58% private schools had the facility of sick room. Firstaid kits were available in 23% government and 42% private schools.
Interestingly, most of the schools (84%) had some medicines in the first-aid kits which couldn’t be used any longer as they had expired. Dietician was available only in 4% private schools.
When it comes to sanitation conditions, 60% schools had mopped corridors; and 72% classes and 64% corridors had dustbins.
The study concluded that the schools were lacking in terms of availability of facilities as recommended by World Health Organisation in its guidelines for ‘Health Promoting Schools’.