Punjab government is planning to launch a customized school app to promote health and hygiene among school-going children.
The announcement has come from none other than Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid in a media talk outside Punjab Assembly.
As per the details, the app will launch in 12 selected schools. In the first phase, students of six girls and six boys schools will be screened. They will undergo medical tests of nose, ear, throat, teeth, eyes, and skin.
The app has been developed with the help of the Education Department and the Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU).
The provincial Health Minister told the media that students will be encouraged to participate in games and other physical exercises to improve their immunity.
She also said that the establishment of facility centers for the malnourished kids will help in achieving several health targets.
“We believe that mother and child health are essential for making our society healthy,” she said.
However, the question arises regarding the availability of this app to the children, given most of them may not have any access to smartphones.
It needs to be mentioned here that the health minister had earlier announced a pilot healthcare program for the students of government schools.
The program will be for 12 selected government schools, six each for boys and girls. Under this program, there will be a nurse and a doctor for each school and the facility of medical tests will be available for the students.
However, no medical test will be conducted without parents’ permission. According to Dr. Yasmin, the health department shall sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the School Education Department to lay the groundwork for the program’s launch.