Tuesday 06 December 2022
Books – Ahmed Gomaa:
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, announced today, Tuesday, the continuation of the initiative of the President of the Republic for the early detection of diseases (anemia, obesity and dwarfism) among primary school students, as it was launched in 2019, to provide periodic health follow-up for students.
This came during the minister’s visit to the School of the Martyr Major General Muhammad Hani Mustafa, “formerly Al-Maqrizi”, in Heliopolis, to inspect the progress of the initiative, in the presence of Dr. Randa Shaheen, Head of the Central Administration for Public Education at the Ministry of Education and Technical Education.
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, confirmed that the ministry is keen to coordinate and cooperate with the Ministry of Education, to develop a specific mechanism targeting health survey procedures for targeted students in all primary schools, in 30 schools at the level of the governorates of the Republic, according to a unified database, and coordination to identify The study map for the year 2022-2023, to facilitate the work of the survey teams.
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, stated that the minister was keen to inspect the health examination headquarters inside the school, and was briefed on the examination stages of the initiative, which include (measurement of weight, height, anemia analysis), and he also reviewed the health follow-up card of the initiative, and stressed the necessity Referring children, if their positive condition is proven, to health insurance hospitals, and setting up an appropriate treatment and nutritional program according to their health condition.
He added that the minister, during his announcement of the resumption of work on the initiative, stressed its importance to preserving the general health of children, so training programs are being developed for the medical teams operating in the initiative, according to the latest methods and advanced approaches, pointing to the training of more than 550 doctors and 4,000 nursing and health education personnel, And equipping 250 clinics, which contributes to ensuring that every child receives a health service of high quality, noting that health checks were signed on 25 million students, over the course of 3 years from the launch of the initiative, where one million students were treated.
Abdul Ghaffar indicated that the initiative represents a new and innovative direction, whether at the level of basic health services provided or diagnostic methods for analyzes and measurements, explaining that the initiative aims to identify cases of anemia (hemoglobin deficiency) in children, according to the standards and measurements of the World Health Organization for age groups that Between 6 and 12 years old.
He added that the minister stressed the interest of the Egyptian state in launching initiatives concerned with the health and care of children, as he noted that the Ministry of Health and Population is in the process of launching an initiative aimed at the mental health of children, which includes all age groups of students, stressing that the psychological aspect of the Egyptian student has a fundamental role in Formation of his personality and psychological, health and physical stability.
For his part, Dr. Muhammad Dahi, Chairman of the General Authority for Health Insurance, said that the Ministry of Health and Population pays great attention to this initiative, and is keen to provide all the necessary tools and capabilities for the regularity of its annual workflow, noting that work is being done to follow up the readiness of medical clinics in schools, and to follow up the completion of And the readiness of the clinics, by developing a map of clinics in all health insurance hospitals, and ensuring the availability of medical teams, to ensure the achievement of the goals of the initiative, explaining that the Minister directed the necessity of continuing to activate awareness programs among families, to spread awareness of the damages of malnutrition and anemia, and limit its spread among children.
Dr. Randa Shaheen, head of the Central Administration for Public Education, said that under the auspices and directions of Dr. Reda Hegazy, Minister of Education and Technical Education, and in coordination between the head of the Central Administration for Public Education, the Ministry of Health and Population, and the General Authority for Health Insurance, the educational directorates were instructed to transfer the day designated for the medical survey. In schools, to a sports day to attract the largest number of students, focusing on expression topics during the period of teaching the Arabic language to the importance of awareness of the objectives of the initiative, and focusing the plan of educational activities during the survey period to address the objectives and importance of the initiative.
Dr. Randa Shaheen added that it was also instructed to provide a computer in every school connected to the Internet to be used in the process of entering data for students, and an examination room in every primary school, such as the room of the school doctor or the health visitor, in which the requirements required for conducting the examination are met, noting the importance of The heads of the boards of trustees and parents cooperated to raise awareness of the importance of conducting a medical examination.