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School Health Programme to boost concept of positive health: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

This initiative will be effectively linked with other government initiatives such as the Fit India movement, Eat Right campaign, Poshan Abhiyaan for an all-round and holistic development model of health for the school children, etc.

Devdiscourse News Desk | New Delhi | Updated: 12-02-2020 18:03 IST | Created: 12-02-2020 18:03 IST
School Health Programme to boost concept of positive health: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Dr. Harsh Vardhan also stated that a National Resource Group (NRG) of 40 members has already been constituted by NCERT who have sound training skills and experience in Adolescent Health. Image Credit: Twitter(@drharshvardhan)

"Children form the key to our future and their health is therefore of supreme importance to the growth and development of the country. The School Health Programme under Ayushman Bharat-Health & Wellness Centres shall foster the growth, development and educational achievement of school-going children by promoting their health and well-being", said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, as he launched the rollout of the joint initiative of Ministries of Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development, along with Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank", Union Minister of Human Resource Development and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW), here today. This initiative will further strengthen the concept of preventive, promotive and positive health, which forms the fundamental cornerstone of the Health & Wellness Centres of Ayushman Bharat scheme, he stated. This initiative will be effectively linked with other government initiatives such as the Fit India movement, Eat Right campaign, Poshan Abhiyaan for an all-round and holistic development model of health for the school children, etc.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that the efforts put in by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for developing 24-hour curriculum, training materials for the training of nodal teachers, facilitators guide were developed in consultation with MoHFW. Growing up healthy, emotional wellbeing and mental health, interpersonal relationships, values, and responsible citizenship, gender equality, nutrition, health and sanitation, promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention, and management of substance misuse, reproductive health and HIV prevention, safety and security against violence and injuries, and promotion of safe use of internet, media and social media are the 11 identified themes.

In this new initiative, health promotion and prevention activities program has been added in addition to ongoing health screening programs through Rasthriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) teams and provision of services (IFA, Albendazole, and sanitary napkins). While health screening and provision of services are ongoing activities, the newly added health promotion and prevention component will be implemented by two teachers identified in every school as "Health and Wellness Ambassador". These ambassadors will be supported by class monitors as "Health and Wellness Messengers", Dr. Harsh Vardhan elaborated.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also stated that a National Resource Group (NRG) of 40 members has already been constituted by NCERT who have sound training skills and experience in Adolescent Health. The NRG will train the State Resource Group which will comprise of 2 persons each from SCERT, SIHFW, and DIET from each selected district at the 5 Regional Institute of Education (RIE) at Shillong, Mysore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, and Ajmer.

Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" stated that the teachers are the best mentors for the children and now they will also act as "Health and Wellness Ambassadors" and will disseminate various key information by organizing culturally sensitive activity-based sessions for one hour per week for 24 weeks in a year to promote joyful learning. The first phase of implementation will be in all the public upper primary, secondary and senior secondary schools of aspirational districts. Subsequently, remaining districts will be taken up in the second year.

Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare; Dr. Rajiv Garg, DGHS; Shri H Senapathy, Director NCERT; along with officials of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Human Resource Development and representatives from the developmental partners such as Jhepeigo, UNFPA, USAID, UNICEF and WHO were also present during the inauguration ceremony.

(With Inputs from PIB)


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