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Clinical Services

Attending minor ailments: At present, 2500 students are assigned to one JPHN. Depending on the size of the school, a JPHN may be able to cover one to two schools in a day. She will attend to minor ailments give advice regarding the ailment and also give referral services in case of need. In such cases, with the help of the concerned class teacher, the parent can be informed and guided to get the child the best care. JPHN can follow up the case and record the necessary information.

Medical Camps: Every child assigned to the JPHN will undergo a health examination and screening by JPHN once every year and those who require further medical attention will be identified. These students will be examined by the doctor in charge of the school health program under the government Health Department in a medical camp conducted by the School Health Team. Those students who are found to require specialist care in that camp will be registered and referred to further specialist medical camps (as long as the condition does not require immediate care,) conducted under the school Health program where, the service of a group of specialists are utilized. The specialized medical camp may be constituted with a Pediatrician, Gynecologist, Dentist, Dermatologist, Physician, Surgeon, Orthopedic surgeon, ENT surgeon, Ophthalmologist, and so on.

Preventive Services

Health education is the cornerstone of preventive care. Both communicable and non communicable diseases can be tackled effectively and economically by preventive measures. For example, life style disorders can easily be prevented with proper awareness about the causes of the disease. Disorders such as Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus tend to run in families, and can be attributed not only to the genetic predisposition; food habits and stress within and out of the family are among other factors. If not completely preventable, these disorders can be modified in a beneficial route. This makes education in healthy food habits all the more important.

Many new diseases like AIDS, SARS and H1N1 are currently in the health scene, and there may be future threats due viral diseases, diseases due to climate change and diseases due to inappropriate chemical use, to name a few that can be effectively be managed. Educating children on how to prevent, alleviate and appropriately respond to such threats reduce the intensity of such problems.