School and college students might soon get a chance to learn about primary health care as the Government plans for health care related classes to be made a part of their curriculum.
As schools and colleges are gearing up to reopen for the new session, talks about making primary health care a part of their curriculum are underway. The health ministry is all set to propose the idea to the HRD ministry during a meeting slated for later this week.
The health education syllabus proposed for schools as well as colleges will cover knowledge about tropical diseases like dengue, malaria, swine flu, etc. With the onset of monsoon, which leads to an increase in many such diseases, this comes as a welcome move.
The Government strongly believes that once students learn about these diseases, they will turn out to be of great help in spreading awareness about the same.
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As per a government official, “Many of these diseases can be prevented merely by spreading awareness about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. People, especially children, need to take certain precautions and educating students is the best means to create awareness on primary healthcare. We are approaching the concept from all possible angles. We want to ensure that the plan sees the light of the day and is implemented in an efficient manner. We are also co-ordinating with the states to make it a success.”
The Ministry is also suggesting that there be a dedicated period of time when children can be taught about the diseases and all related information in detail so that they have a deeper understanding of symptoms and precautions.
Overall, the inclusion of health education in school curriculum is an admirable move from the point of view of public health.