School Health Programme: An Indispensable Programme in Child Health
Obeagu Getrude Uzoma1 & Obeagu Emmanuel Ifeanyi2,3*
1Department of Nursing Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria
2Medical Laboratory Science, University Health Services, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
3Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
Dr. Obeagu Emmanuel Ifeanyi, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Imo State University, Owerri and University Health Services, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria.
Keywords: Indispensable Programme; School Health Programme; Child Health
This study deals with school health programme: an indispensable programme in child health. School health programme could be defined as initiation, maintenance and improvement of the health of school children and school personnel. The objectives of the study were discussed which include components of school health programme like health education, assessment of handicapped children and treatment of minor ailments. Common diseases that may occur among school children were discussed among which were dental disease, Gastroenteritis, scabies and worm infestation. The roles of health workers in school health programme were also analyzed. The relevance of school health programme in child health was highlighted in details. Therefore it is paramount that a healthy environment is required to provide children with the best opportunity to make appropriate adjustment during critical periods because the rapid physical and mental development that children undergo occurs during school age.
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