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Health Project Targets 64K Students, 204 Schools

Health Project Targets 64K Students, 204 Schools
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (front, fourth from left), with representatives of partner organisations of the National Health Promoting Schools Project at the Holiday Inn Suva on August 9, 2017. Photo: Arisham Devi-Narayan
August 10
11:00 2017

 

The National Health Promoting Schools project is targeting 64,000 students, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar.

The minister made the comment while launching the project logo at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

The project includes 204 health promoting schools which include 161 primary and 43 secondary schools.

Ms Akbar added to implement healthy living effectively; parents will be engaged in decision making.

“Parents will be encouraged to monitor the school health services,” she said.

Ms Akbar spoke on how children dictated what they ate during the project launch.

“While children could be monitored within the school ambit through the school health and canteen guidelines, the onus is on parents as well,” Ms Akbar said.

Parents and communities will be involved in the project jointly supported by the Ministry of Education, the World Health Organisation and funded by the Korea International Co-operation Agency.

Ms Akbar had also highlighted that under nutrition was a serious concern among the children as it interfered with their growth and development.

She said: “Since 2012, the ministry has provided de-worming treatments, weekly iron supplements and vitamin A to infants, young children, adolescents and women of childbearing age through the mass drug administration campaign.

“These low cost interventions have proven effective in addressing some basic nutrition issues,” she said.

Meanwhile, deputy secretary Education Primary and Secondary, Timoci Bure said recreational centres within communities were necessary for children and adults to encourage healthy living.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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