New Delhi: In a first of its kind initiative
in the country, Delhi government on Saturday launched a scheme under
which all school children upto the age of 14 in the city will
be provided free medical treatment and check-ups.
Launching the `Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna`, Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit said health check-ups and free treatment will
be provided to nearly 14 lakh students studying in
government-run schools in the first phase of the scheme.
Children studying in schools run by MCD, NDMC and private
entities would also be covered under it at a later stage, she
The scheme was announced by Dikshit while presenting
Delhi government`s budget for 2011-12 in March and a corpus
fund of Rs 100 crore was set up for its implementation.
"The ambitious scheme will take care of all health-
related problems of students upto the age of 14 years," she
Initially, the scheme will be implemented in 100 schools
and within one year the remaining 854 government-run schools
will be covered by nearly 125 medical teams, each comprising a
doctor, nurse and data entry operator.
The students, requiring treatment for diseases such as
cancer, heart ailments and other serious diseases, will also
be offered treatment under the scheme. The government would
give free spectacles and hearing aids for those who require
them besides extending free vaccination programme.
"The future of the country depends very much on the
children and to have quality human resource, we must invest on
health of our children," Dikshit said.
The scheme was launched today on the occasion of 94th
birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Under the scheme, the government will prepare a
comprehensive health profile of all the school children and
will keep them in an electronic format.
The medical teams will educate the students about
"healthy habits" and ill effects of junk food which is
becoming cause of diabetes and blood pressure in students,
said an official.
Officials said Delhi has become the first state to
provide the right to health to school children after
implementation of the Right to Education Act.
Health Minister, A K Walia, speaking on the occasion,
said teams doctors from private hospitals are also being
deployed to carry out health check-ups of students.
He said that after health check-ups, children who require
major treatment will be referred to expert physicians.