Our school health program aims to keep the school environment neat and clean, and to improve the health condition of our school children and the community. The children, teachers and parents plant trees on the school campus to provide a green atmosphere. Regular health education is given to the children. Health day is observed once a week. Kutty doctors (“little doctors” – see SIGHT AND LIFE Newsletter 3/1996, p. 3) are responsible for organizing health activities with the help of the teachers and health workers. Regular health check-ups are carried out by the health workers, with the teachers and parents providing the follow-up. A health camp is organized once a month. The health workers educate the children to identify deficiencies and to know their importance. Children are informed about the symptoms of deficiencies such as night blindness, poor sight, Bitot’s spots and xerosis (‘Dry eye’) from early childhood. The children affected are identified and vitamin A capsules distributed to them and other children. The teachers and the Kutty doctors are responsible for distributing the capsules. Because of their regular attention and the distribution of vitamin A capsules, the percentage of vitamin A deficiency has been reduced from 15% to 5%. The health workers teach parents about the importance of giving healthy foods such as papaya, carrots, greens, fish and milk to the children.
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