4-day camp at DC Model Senior Secondary School to help identify health concerns among children and encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyles
Panchkula, 30th Jan 2017: Despite being highly concerned about the health and wellness of their children, most Indian parents visit a pediatrician only when there are apparent signs of an illness. However, a number of disorders in children are often discovered on random health check-ups.
With an aim to keep a check on the health standards of children and encourage parents to adopt regular health check-ups, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula is organizing a four-day health camp at DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sec 7, Panchkula.
The health camp is covering an entire range of check-ups including paediatrics and dental for all children of the school free of cost. The health screening includes a physical screening to rule out any anomaly, a vision test, a dental test, and an obesity screening, among other things.
Notably, a comprehensive health examination at school premises not only helps identify hitherto undetected health problems in children but also saves students’ time and ensures that it does not interrupt their studies.
“In India, a majority of parents do not undertake preventive health check-ups of their children for reasons such as lack of awareness and time constraints. Often, several diseases and disorders go unnoticed until red-flagged by any conspicuous symptoms. This includes dental problems such as cavities, skin and scalp infections, and vision problems, among others. Dental issues are particularly diagnosed very late in children. In many cases by the time a child reports pain, cavities have already spread too deep and caused nerve damage. These issues can be picked-up and diagnosed early if detected at preventive health screenings. We believe every school must adopt an annual health screening exercise for its children,” says Dr. Jyoti Chawla, Sr. Pediatrics, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula.
After a thorough medical check-up, The doctors will provide a detailed descriptive report for all students to inform parents about the health status of children, and notify them about any anomaly or health concern that needs medical attention. The parents are also advised to conduct regular follow ups on the health of their children to ensure that required steps are taken to ensure that child remains healthy.
The check up camp also had doctors educate children about healthy living habits such as healthy eating, need to stay away from junk food, the need for physical exercising and outdoor playing, and adopting health dental habits such as brushing teeth regularly before going to bed.
“A radical change in our lifestyles and eating habits has exposed everyone including children to a number of health threats. Issues such as rise in incidence of juvenile diabetes including both type 1 and type 2, increase in incidence of obesity among children are real threats today. This calls for encouraging children to adopt health eating habits and active lifestyles and adopt physically active playing routines rather than indulging too much into computer games,” says Dr. Krishan Yadav, Neonatology, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula.
Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula encourages parents to take their children to regular preventive screenings to ensure their children’s health status is tracked.