As many as 10,210 (18%) children studying in the government schools across the district are suffering from different kind of diseases, revealed the annual health screening report of the health department.
The check-up programme was carried out from April 2016 to February 2017 in 760 government and government aided schools.A total of 58,280 school children and 5,159 students from 503 anganwadi centres were screened under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) programme, in the district.
During the screening, it was found that most of the children were suffering from calcium and vitamin deficiency. The children suffering with symptoms covering, 30 diseases dangerous for child’s development, were identified under RBSK programme.
These children have been referred to the government hospital or PGIs for free treatment.
As per the figures, 82 children suffering from congenital heart disease, congenital deafness, clubfoot, cleft lip and other serious ailments have been referred to tertiary care facility including Government Medical College Amritsar, Guru Nanak Hospital Amritsar and PGI Chandigarh. Sonia Saroya, district school medical officer said,”During the screening as many as 4,863 children were found suffering from dental problems and 1,632 students with weak eye sights.” She said,“136 congenital heart disease cases, 527 students suffering from severe anaemia, 171 suffering with language delay, 55 hearing impairment cases and 14 behaviour disorder (Autism) cases were also detected by health teams.”
“Most of the diseases are waterborne in nature.Lack of protein and iron in the diet is also one of the cause leading to different diseases among children,” She added.
Meanwhile, the district health team will complete their target of covering the remaining 50 schools before March 31.
RBSK is the central government sponsored programme for the screening of students for 30 different diseases. Under the programme, special teams, each team comprising two medical officers, a pharmacist, and a staff nurse conducts check-up in schools, visits government and government aided schools government once in a year while twice at anganwadi centres for health screening camp.