Jagatsinghpur, July 5 (LocalWire): The government has decided to impart special health education classes in all high school and upper primary schools of Jagatsinghpur district to make children aware since the awareness programmes launched by them seem to have no effect on the people.
Awareness programmes on malaria, dengue, diarrhea, immunization, jaundice are often conducted in all the villages’ by distributing leaflets, displaying messages in public places, hoardings, launching raths to sanitize the people about diseases and prevent frequent deaths.
ASHA, aganwadi workers, women heath workers have also been pressed into service towards health awareness programmes.
Despite such awareness programmes, hundreds of people have suffered from dengue, malaria, and diarrhea.
In remote areas, children died due to malnutrition and other health issues.
Parents are interested in basic academic education of their youngsters but are not nearly as conscientious about the awareness programmes.
A comprehensive health education programme is an important part of the curriculum in most district schools.
Health department has sought the intervention of district administration and school and mass education department to take health education classes once a week from class VI and X students.
Chief District Medical Officer Ajay Baitharu said, ‘It is an innovative programme and starting from primary school and continuing through high school, it would provide an introduction to the human body and to factors that prevent illness and promote or damage health.’
He added that a variety of health themes would be introduced in school like nutrition, disease prevention, physical growth and development, reproduction, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, consumer health, safety and information about different diseases will be supplied to teachers.
‘The goal of this education is not only to increase a child’s health knowledge and to create positive attitude toward his own well-being but also to promote healthy behavior,’ he added.