Manish Sisodia Inaugurates Aam Aadmi School Clinics In Delhi Government Schools

Manish Sisodia Inaugurates Aam Aadmi School Clinics In Delhi Government Schools

The Delhi government has launched 20 ‘Aam Aadmi School Clinics’ in its schools, which will focus on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of students. The clinics were inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Inaugurated at an event held at the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Moti Bagh, the clinics are part of a pilot project implemented by the Delhi government in collaboration with The Hans Foundation and with the support of CSR initiatives of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital Delhi, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and the BSES Yamuna Power Limited.

“The Aam Aadmi School Clinics are an extension of Mohalla Clinics and have been started with the aim of providing biannual health checkups to our school students. Apart from this, for the first time, the focus will be laid on mental well-being along with physical health. A healthy mind will contribute to a healthy society and ultimately a healthier nation,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

“This initiative is one of the biggest achievements in the field of education and the health sector,” he said.

The Aam Aadmi School Clinics consists of doctors and psychologists who listen to the problems of students.

“Having a psychologist is one of the biggest steps because it will be an addition to our happiness curriculum,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.

Mr Satyendar Jain said the programme is carefully crafted to cater to young students, keeping in mind their physical and mental health needs.

“It aims to provide healthcare through regular full-body health checkups by trained professionals, guidance on health management by doctors, group awareness sessions on issues like stress management, and individual therapy sessions by a psychologist,” he said.

“Only a healthy mind can lead to a healthy body and in turn to a healthier society. We have initially started with this intervention for students, but we will think about extending these services for teachers as well as parents in the future,” Mr Jain added.

The Aam Aadmi School Clinic project is currently being executed in 20 schools of the Delhi government and will be further extended to cover more schools.

The clinic, built in a portable cabin within the premises of the school, will have a trained doctor, ANM, psychologist and a multi-task worker. The ANM will be responsible for screening students for any physical and mental health issues.

Availability of a psychologist along with a doctor, focus on early diagnosis and treatment, free consultation, medicines, treatment and first-aid services with a robust referral system to higher hospitals, qualified and trained staff and biannual follow-up of every student are among the features of these clinics.

“These clinics will screen 30 students each day. They are equipped with adequate supplies of medicines for the students. This list has been curated keeping in mind the specific needs of adolescents, with a primary focus on anaemia, malnutrition, refractive errors, worm infestation, and menstrual hygiene.

“One of the aims of the Aam Aadmi School Clinic is to work on long-term deficiencies and disorders such as anaemia, adolescent diabetes, refractive errors, worm infestation, menstrual hygiene, malnutrition, skin infection, and other diseases as well,” a senior government official said.

The official explained that these clinics function digitally and maintain data on an online web portal.

“I am anticipating that this project will not only prove to be the best one providing healthcare services to students in the country but also in the world, and we all will be able to see the results soon,” the health minister said.

-With PTI Inputs