Sponsored children undergo health check up to spread awareness on preventive healthcare: Vimukti Pothnal

Even after decades of freedom, India is struggling to provide basic health services to its people. According to government sources, in India 45 children die every hour due to respiratory infections. 1 child dies every 2 minutes due to diarrhoea. And annually, about 2 million children under 5 years of age die due to preventable diseases. The situation calls for timely care and diagnosis which can reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality especially among children and women.

General Health Camps is one such special initiative of Vimukti with the collaboration of “Ensemble Agissons” France to provide healthcare services to meet the immediate health care needs of the marginalized community in remote rural areas through stand-alone camps. Vimukti Sponsored children in various age groups underwent health check camp to create awareness about the importance of preventive healthcare. The initiative was taken to prepare a comprehensive health profile of all the Sponsored children. Health checkups such as optometry, dental, GP consultation and pediatrics consultation were held to help prevent and control of many health disorders.

Fr. Sathish Fernandes VCT Director remarked, "Amongst the many aspects that contribute towards the growth of a young student is his good health. An unhealthy student finds it difficult to concentrate on his studies and intends to keep himself away from participating in sports and other activities. Screening of health issues in schools is a very effective way of analyzing the basic health status of each student and addressing the same immediately. I am glad that through this health screen camp, we will be able to address the health problems of the many sponsored children and take actions towards improving their health conditions."

Mrs. Anamma PHC Pothnal said, "School health screens are considered to be the best way to detect problems that interfere with student's education. A comprehensive and well coordinated health program is an effective way of tackling most of the health issues of today at the grass root level”. Various other activities were organized to develop their psychomotor skills and hand and eye-coordination skills. They were also taught table manners and etiquettes and sharing during the breakfast, lunch and dinner. The sponsored children health camp was concluded with sharing each other experiences. VCT Director congratulated each and everyone for the wonderful participation. Nearly 58 sponsored children benefited from this health camp.

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