Haryana to launch new schemes for children

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will launch two new schemes on Republic Day today to improve the health of school children in the State.

“Indira Bal Swasthya Yojana” aims at providing preventive and curative health care for all children from the day of birth up to the age of 18, while “Nehru Drishti Yojana” will strive to control blindness.

The focus will be on timely detection and treatment of disease and disability in children. The schemes will be implemented in four phases covering over 40 lakh children.

Fourteen lakh primary school children will be covered in the first phase of the scheme to be launched from Jhajjar on Republic Day and simultaneously implemented all over the State.

School teachers and anganwadi workers will be trained to screen children for any nutritional deficiency or disease and health cards will be given to all children. Regular health check-up camps will be held in schools by para-medical and medical staff and children having problems will be referred to Primary Health Centres.

Children with symptoms of cancer, chronic heart disease, disability and cleft lip or palate would be treated at the district hospitals by specialists. For children belonging to Below Poverty Line families, the treatment will be free in government hospitals. - PTI

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