The Delhi government set up 20 health clinics named Aam Aadmi School Clinics on Monday as part of a pilot project to focus on students’ emotional and physical wellness.
The programme aims to provide healthcare to children in their respective Delhi schools.
One of these health clinics was opened by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia at the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Moti Bagh. “These clinics will provide routine health check-ups as well as counselling to ensure the physical and mental well-being of the children,” he said at the inauguration.
The clinics will be located in porta cabins on the campuses of the 20 institutions.
Students will receive counselling, and the clinic’s doctors and personnel will focus on safeguarding the students’ mental health.
One ‘School Health Clinic Assistant’ or nurse, one psychologist, and one multi-task worker will work in each clinic. A doctor will be assigned to each of the five clinics and will visit them once a week.
Every day, 30 students will be tested, and there will be enough medicine for them. This list of medications has been compiled with an emphasis on the specific needs of adolescents, with a major focus on anaemia, malnutrition, refractive errors, worm infestation, and menstrual hygiene.
“I have seen schools in various countries, this concept is not there anywhere. Besides providing routine health check-ups to students, the clinics will also offer counselling services to address issues related to the mental well-being of children. Every six months, the students will undergo a health check-up,” Manish Sisodia said, as reported by PTI.