Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directs compulsory screening for diseases in schools

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has instructed state heath departments to increase screening camps for students at schools .

Letters were sent out to state departments last week, post the findings of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on increased burden of non communicable diseases in every state.

“Looking at the findings of ICMR, we have found out that rate of lifestyle diseases among the population has increased. The ministry has alerted the states to up their screenings and awareness programmes, stress on physical activities and screening camps for students at school has been suggested,” said Rajeev Kumar, director, noncommunicable diseases, MoHFW.

Dr Anup Kumar Yadava, the state’s national health mission, commissioner, said, “Preventive methods too will be stressed as directed by the MoHFW where students will be encouraged to take up yoga and sports to build strong immune system. Poor lifestyle among people and children who can be seen with less physical activity and poor diet is one of the causes.”

The letter also asks the states to conduct yoga sessions in schools, and to keep a check on tobacco-free zones around the premises.

According to the ICMR’s research findings, published in September 2018, cases of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and suicidal tendencies have shot up in every state. Prevalence of ischemic heart disease and stroke has increased by 50 per cent from 1990 to 2016 and the number of people with diabetes has gone up from 26 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2016.Rate of cancers along with suicide too has doubled from 1990 to 2016.

First Published:
May 21, 2019 16:47 IST

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