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Taking free health care to schoolchildren

Schoolchildren undergoing health check-up as part of the Arogya Mythri project of the Indian Medical Association at the Government Higher Secondary School in the Upper Kuttanad village of Peringara, near Thiruvalla, on Wednesday.

Schoolchildren undergoing health check-up as part of the Arogya Mythri project of the Indian Medical Association at the Government Higher Secondary School in the Upper Kuttanad village of Peringara, near Thiruvalla, on Wednesday.  

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The free health check-up for schoolchildren, organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) at the Government Higher Secondary School in the Upper Kuttanad village of Peringara near Thiruvalla, turned out to be a big hit on Wednesday.

School adopted

The IMA had adopted the school as part of its Arogya Mythri social service scheme way back in February.

The Arogya Mythri programme is part of the IMA mission to nurture a better doctor-patient-hospital relationship in the rural reaches of the State, according to Kurien Oommen, Prasad Cheeramattom, and P.T. Anilkumar, association leaders.

Arogya Mithram was a role model projecting the medical fraternity’s commitment to serve the poor and the needy with utmost care, they said.

Dr Kurien said the IMA had already issued ‘health cards’ to all students at the school, offering them free healthcare as and when needed.

Health conscious

The idea is to make the younger generation health-conscious and aware of the importance of personal as well as public hygiene and cleanliness, he said.

Roy Alexander, State chairman of the IMA Committee for Child Health; Vasudevan Namboodiri, secretary-designate of IMA Thiruvalla unit; and Susannamma Kurien, consultant physician; were the other three doctors who attended the health camp held at the school on Wednesday.

As many as 103 children underwent the health check-up, which included blood routine investigation.

Heart beat

Dr Kurien said irregularity in heart beat was detected in one student.

He said the IMA had adopted the school to provide periodic general health check-up, free medical care, and counselling to each student.

Dr Cheeramattom and Dr Anilkumar said the IMA was also planning to adopt a socially and economically backward panchayat ward in Peringara under its Arogya Mythri scheme.

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