One crore schoolchildren will be covered this year: Acharya

Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Tuesday that one crore students would undergo health check-up in the State under the Suvarna Arogya Chaitanya programme this year.

He was speaking after inaugurating the programme for 2010-11, organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Public Instruction at the Government Girls Pre-University College, here.

Classes from one to 10 in government, private, aided, unaided and residential schools would be covered under the programme.

Services of both paramedical staff and specialist doctors would be utilised for the check-up. Nearly 87 lakh students were covered under this programme last year, he said.

The programme aimed at tracing any medical problems in students at an early age. While minor problems could be treated at the primary health and the community health centres, and government hospitals, major ones would be treated at speciality hospitals.

Surgeries which cannot be conducted at government hospitals would be done at the hospitals coming under the Yashaswini scheme. The Yashaswini scheme and Chief Minister's Relief Fund would be used to meet the expenses incurred on major health problems, he said.

The Minister lauded the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) for extending health insurance to the Koraga community, in association with the Manipal University.

MLA K. Raghupati Bhat, president of the zilla panchayat Gladys Almeida, Deputy Commissioner P. Hemalatha and District Health and Family Welfare Officer Ramachandra Bairy were among those present.

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