The Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have signed an MoU to extend the services of the health programme to MoTA-supported schools, an official statement said today.
As part of the agreement, training will be provided to teachers of all Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS), ashram schools and other schools supported by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA).
EMRS have been set up in states and Union territories to provide quality middle and high level education to Scheduled Tribe students in remote areas.
The MoU covers activities including "extending all aspects of the school health programme, that is providing weekly iron and folic acid supplementation, biannual deworming, basic first aid and health promotion activities through teachers designated as health and wellness ambassadors in all EMRS, ashram schools and other schools supported by MoTA in the states".
The other activities include ensuring quality training of master trainer and district-level trainers and periodically reviewing the status of implementation as per the guidelines of school health programme.
The school health programme was launched to address the health needs of school going children and adolescents in the 6-18 year age groups in the Government and Government aided schools. The programme entails biannual health screening and early management of disease, disability and common deficiency and linkages with secondary and tertiary health facilities as required.
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