BY NEWS DESK
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Thursday launched a comprehensive school health programme to promote, protect and maintain health of school children besides reducing morbidity and mortality.
DAK in collaboration with We Volunteers (NGO) conducted a day-long mass de-worming of school children and staff of government high school Padshahi Bagh Srinagar.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan while inaugurating the programme said that school health programme is an important component of total health care delivery system and will help in prevention and control of disease in the community and in this endeavour DAK will reach each and every school of the valley.
In view of poverty and prevailing socio-cultural milieu substantial number of school children suffer from malnutrition, infectious diseases, intestinal parasites, dental caries and diseases of skin, eye and ear.
It is our duty to prevent school children from the menace of substance abuse which has jeopardized their health and well being.
Today school children live and grow in a stressful environment that push children into psychological problems and timely identification and correction through proper counselling is the key to avert their psychosocial problems.
A team of doctors screened school children for diseases, deficiencies; defects and disabilities besides checked their nutritional and immunization status.
Dr Reyaz Ahmad Daga, spokesperson DAK, made students and staff aware about importance of personal hygiene, environmental sanitation and safe drinking water.
Asif Malik, Chairman ‘We Volunteers’ said that he will provide all possible assistance to make DAK initiative of school health programme a success.