Risk of NCDs among schoolchildren on the rise
Some schoolchildren face the risk of contracting non communicable
diseases (NCDs) at an early age, a health spokesman told the Sunday
All Island Public Health Inspectors' Union Treasurer D.Y.S.R.
Mudalige said, "We now see a risk group for various NCDs emerging among
our schoolchildren. Unless they change their diets and lifestyles, they
will develop diseases such as diabetes, heart, hypertension and kidney
problems early in life".
He said that obesity and malnutrition among schoolchildren were also
on the increase followed by dental caries. "There are many
schoolchildren with infectious diseases probably due to the rains and
extreme heat these days", he said.
These disturbing health problems, surfaced during the School Health
Programs conducted throughout the year in all schools by the PHIs with
the Medical Officers of Health of the areas, he said. "This is the main
duty of our PHIs.
The students targeted for this programs are those in Grades 1,4,7 and
10 following a Health Ministry directive.
These ongoing full-day programs pay special attention to the
physical, mental and nutritional status of the students. The students
are given a thorough physical examination, dewormed, vaccinated, weighed
Parents are invited to attend these programs and advised on any
shortcomings in the nutritional status or any other physical problems
their child may have", he said.