Amritsar: Punjab Health Department’s endeavor to make each and every school student of the district free from suspected worms in his or her stomach, by administering ‘albendazole’ tablets to them free of cost, seems to have run into rough weather as managements of most of the public schools in the district had decided not to accede health department’s proposal.
The employees of civil surgeon office, however, had initiated this exercise from february 15 last.
As per the instructions of national rural health mission(NRHM),employees of punjab’s health department are required to pay a visit to every school in the state in order to administer to the students albendazole tablets, which are normally given to the kids suffering from worms in the stomach. This tablet is usually prescribed by every physician to de-worm any kid, suspected to have worms in the stomach. The fixed dose of this medicine, however, is needed to be administered to the affected one after a regular interval.
There are as many as 6.94 lac students in all the schools falling in amritsar district. In the meeting chaired by civil surgeon of amritsar, dr pradeep chawla just a few days back,both district education officers (DEO)-elementary and secondary of amritsar were present.
Dr Chawla, indeed, had asked the two to ensure that ‘albendazole’ tablets are administered to all the students in each and every school of the district. The two DEOs too had reportedly agreed to adhere to his instructions.
According to sources, Health Department has been forced to leave the exercise midway as those at the helm of affairs in private schools of the district didn’t come forward to join hands with the department. It is also learnt that when the teams of health department visited some private schools with a view to accomplish their task, managements of these schools refused them flatly from doing so.This had, nevertheless, left the health personnel too in the lurch as they were forced to return without undertaking the exercise.
When contacted, an employee of the civil surgeon office, pleading anonymity, disclosed that instructions to both DEOs had been issued by the concerned officials of the health department to prepare a list of the erring schools so that the same could be submitted to the civil surgeon for deciding next course of action.
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