In this school nothing is taken for granted. The Health Club is active and is involved with not only the students but also keen on ensuring the school premises is clean and healthy.
The school compound is small. But that is no deterrent to the students of the Government Girls School, Pattom. Every morning, 750 students are able to have a healthy breakfast.
And at noon, there is a nutritious meal ready for as many as 1300 hungry students. However, members of the Health Club were more concerned about how the waste was to be disposed.
There was a solution to their problem. The school with the help of officials from the Corporation is to set up a bio gas plant in the school compound.
The fuel from the plant will help minimise the huge cooking expense being incurred now.
The students are hoping that with the help of the plant, they will also be able to deal with the waste management problem in their school.
According to Principal N. Retnakumar, at present the at present the school spends Rs.600 a month for disposal of waste. With the setting up of the plant, this money can be used for other welfare activities of the club.
The club members have been working on ways to create awareness among students about the various rain-borne diseases.
With the rising number of dengue fever cases reported in the city, the club has also organised an awareness programme for the students on this disease with the support from nursing students of Government Nursing College, Thiruvananthapuram.
Apart from taking classes on the precautionary measures and treatments to assess the level of awareness among the students, they were provided with questionnaires before and after the class.
The club maintains a record of all the students with details regarding their blood groups, reports of medication if any and also details about their parents health. With the help of the school nurse, the club maintains a health card for each student.
This is being done so that in the event of any student facing an emergency, these records can be referred and we can seek the necessary help,” said Deepa Kumari, teacher co-ordinator of the Club.