Pune: Professional medical help will soon be at hand for school children as city-based paediatrician Dr Atish Laddad is all set to introduce ‘DocterzAt Schools’ initiative in the city.
After its success in Mumbai, Laddad is gearing up to ensure that an emergency team is present at schools to cater to any medical emergency. The project will start from this academic year in various city-based schools.
Speaking about his brainchild, Laddad, also the founder member of the Pediatric Network, said that there is a need to have emergency medical aid at schools in the State.
“Usually a school, aided or unaided, has a sick room. From there, a sick child is taken to a nearby hospital. But most of the times, the person who attends to the sick child is not trained medically. Through this initiative, we are aiming at providing trained professionals to each school,” said Dr Laddad.
The initiative has reached around 60,000 students in Mumbai alone. “From this academic year, we are going to start such holistic health care facility for students in city-based schools. Our aim is to reach 30,000 students here in the city,” he said.
Children nowadays are diagnosed with speech disorders, media addiction and other problems. “Many students are diagnosed with issues like Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”
“ADHD is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. For such problems, the the child needs supportive healthcare which will be given through this unique initiative,” said Dr Laddad.
The aim behind the initiative
Dr Atish Laddad said ‘DocterzAt School’ intends to set up a critical care unit schools in Maharashtra to take care of physical, mental, emotional and psychological health of a students and for emergency medicine.
DocterzAt School will help in efficiently handling broad range of medical maladies, like unexplained aches and pains to injuries and life-threatening and emergency conditions like cardiac arrests, burns, life treating wounds. It will also arm schools with an emergency team that will comprise Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
DocterzAt School will make the school medico-legally compliant. It will use offline and online method for school health care.