Pune: Low haemoglobin levels among the school children is known to be an important global health problem identified in developed and developing countries.
The low levels of haemoglobin not only affects physical health but also hampers the intellectual growth.
Unfortunately, in a medical examination conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Health Department for the girls studying at PMC-run schools, from Std I to X (roughly an age group from six years to 15 years) it was noted that 5,699 girls out of a total of 23,336 girl students (which means almost 1 out of 4) were suffering from number of health issues including low level of haemoglobin, dental and eye problems.
The check-up was conducted by the Health Department early this month. The check-up was done at all the 307 schools run by the PMC in all 15 wards. As many as 3,519 girls in these schools were diagnosed with dental problems, followed by 1,178 girls with eye-related problems and 1,002 with haemoglobin deficiency.
“This is the first time that we have conducted such a drive in order to ensure that the girls at our schools are healthy. We have identified teeth, eyes, or haemoglobin related problems in the girls, and informed their parents. Now, it is up to them whether to take their children for further treatment at PMC-run hospitals and clinics. We have also kept iron shots available for those diagnosed with haemoglobin deficiency at the PMC hospitals and health centres,” Dr Anjali Sabne, PMC’s Assistant Health Officer, said.
While Yerawada ward observed maximum, 738 girls having dental problems, the highest number of girls (227) with eye-related issues were found in Karve Nagar ward. Vishrambaugwada, Yerawada, Karve Nagar are the three wards where a maximum number of girls were found to have one of the three health problems. Tilak Road ward saw maximum girls having low haemoglobin levels.
Sabne further added, “We checked the blood groups of all the girls and gave them cards with the blood groups written on them. Also, maximum of them were given rubella vaccination.”