7 lakh students in Malappuram to benefit

The School Health Programme implemented by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in association with the Departments of Education and Health as a pilot scheme in 114 schools in the district was extended to all government and aided schools in the district.

More than seven lakh students in the district will benefit from the scheme being implemented with the objective of strengthening the mental and physical health of students. Inaugurating the extension of the scheme at Government Girls Higher Secondary School here on Friday, Minister for Education P.K. Abdu Rabb said that the government was duty-bound to groom healthy children in the State.

The School Health Programme was launched in 2009 under the banner of the NRHM as a joint initiative of the Health and Education Departments. As many as 1,327 schools will be covered in the new dispensation of the programme.

Medical officers and select teachers supervised the programme implemented through specially trained junior public health nurses. The health data of 741,195 children studying in 1,327 schools in the district will be quantified in order to provide them suitable services under the programme.

Topics such as adolescent education, ill effects of tobacco and other drugs, food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle are being given thrust under the programme.

Eradication of mosquitoes, strengthening of health clubs, holding medical camps, sanitation programmes and counselling, and referring students for special treatment are also part of the programme.

Health officials said that the programme was being extended to all aided and government schools in the district by involving the 96 public health nurses appointed on contract and the field staff working under the Health Department.

The Minister felicitated Keerthi Suresh and Abin Varghese, students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Kottakkal, who won the second prize in a State-level quiz competition conducted by NRHM.

P. Ubaidulla, MLA, presided. District panchayat president Suhara Mampad delivered the keynote address. Arogya Keralam district programme manager V. Vinod explained the project. District Medical Officer V. Umerul Farook, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer C. Rose Mary, Parent-Teacher Association president P.A. Majeed, school Principal C. Manoj, headmistress K.C. Vilasini, Taluk Hospital Superintendent Sasidharan, and Mass Media Officer K.P. Sadik Ali spoke.

  • Joint initiative of Health, Education departments

  • 1,327 government, aided schools to be covered