To improve education, health status of students; LG launches ‘Student Health Card’
Jammu, Mar 5: In
a significant move aimed at improving the health and overall well-being
of over 12 lakh students enrolled in various government schools across
J&K, Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu launched the Student Health
Card today which is part of the government’s comprehensive school health
education plan to ensure better healthcare for school children and facilitate
their all-round development.
Health Cards shall be distributed to all the government schools for maintaining
a proper health record of all enrolled students and shall contain information
about the immunization record of a child, bi-annual examination of a child-
Head to Toe for 4 Ds to find out Defects at birth, deficiency
diseases and developmental delays, check list of all commonly existing
disorders among children and their preliminary diagnostic tools, tabular description
of periodic health profile matrices and a brief descriptions of commonly
occurring diseases and ailments among children.
ceremony was attended by Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant
Governor; Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary, School Education;
Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director, NHM J&K; Prof. Veena Pandita,
Chairperson JKBOSE; Anuradha Gupta, Director School Education, Jammu; Dr. Arun
Manhas, Mission Director, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan/Mid-Day Meal Scheme, besides,
senior government officers, teachers, students and large number of people.
the gathering, the Lt Governor observed that focus on health and education is a
nation building strategy. In fact, the health of our children is a reflection
of our country’s future, especially, as our inspiring demographic dividend is
bound to have a long lasting impact on the future social and economic
development of our nation.
The Lt Governor
said that health and education are strongly intertwined-healthy children have
improved scholastic achievements as good health facilitates children’s physical
and mental development and at the same time education contributes to their
awareness about being healthy through informed health choices and adoption
of healthy behaviors.
In fact, there is
an immediate need of shifting from curative healthcare approach to preventive
healthcare across the board, the Lt Governor maintained.
“Parents have to
be a part of this initiative as they are one of the primary stakeholders,
besides, teachers, school managements, and the government. Role of parents
is imperative to achieve the goal of wellbeing of students by making children
aware about the various diseases such as the most recent Coronavirus (COVID-19)
and various health choices & behaviors like WASH(water, sanitation &
hygiene).Aware students will be torch bearers of tomorrow, guiding the future
generations”, the Lt Governor added.
He asserted that
Schools are the most effective means of improving the education and health
status of our students across the country. They are ideal social ecosystems
that have immense influence on the lives of our children. Every day, millions
of children go to schools and spend a considerable amount of their formative
years interacting with their peers, teachers, role models; gaining knowledge
& skills, developing behavioral and social patterns that are retained for