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School Health Programme

Scientific evidence indicates that much of a child's learning is based on health. Complete health screening is vital to detecting and correcting barriers to learning and development among children. With our School Health Programme, we seek to optimize the capacity of children to learn, adapt and develop throughout childhood by ensuring that they receive screening, early intervention and treatments at the right time. The programme comprises of following vital screening tests that cover vision, hearing, body-mass index, blood pressure screening & oral health check.

Vision Screening
Periodic eye examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, children are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. We conduct vision screening camps to identify children with visual impairment or eye conditions that are likely to lead to visual impairment. It is recommended that children have their eyes tested every two years, unless their ophthalmic practitioner advises them to have a sight test more often than that.

Hearing Screening
The objective of the hearing screening programme is to identify students with possible hearing deficits at the earliest possible stage in order to refer for diagnosis and treatment, if required. Hearing deficits in children can interfere with normal speech and language development, communication, and with the ability to learn. Loss of hearing is considered a “hidden handicap.” Children with mild to moderate hearing deficits may be at a disadvantage educationally, emotionally, and socially. Hence it is important to detect even mild hearing loss in order to treat the problem or compensate for the loss when possible.

Body Mass Index Screening
The rapid increase in weight among children and adolescents is generating widespread concern. The prevalence of overweight among children has more than doubled for preschoolers ages 2-5 and adolescents ages 12-19, and it has more than tripled for children 6-11 years. Screening children to identify potential weight problems can contribute to positive health outcomes. Students at both ends of the weight spectrum are objectively identified and referred for additional evaluation and possible intervention.

Blood Pressure Screening
Hypertension is a condition that contributes to significant adverse health outcomes, including premature deaths, heart attacks, renal insufficiency, and stroke. Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure has no symptoms so can’t be detected without being measured. There is no recommended optimal interval for screening children for hypertension; however it is advisable to conduct screening once in every 2 years.

Oral Health Screening
Dental health has a significant impact on the general health and well-being of children. Poor oral health impacts social function and can lead to limitations in communication and social interactions. A recent study revealed that children with dental caries typically experience pain and difficulty with eating and sleeping. We conduct oral screening with an intention to prevent early childhood dental decay and improve identification of higher risk, more vulnerable populations of children.

We customize the programme on demand in order to cater to specific needs of the institutions. Kindly email us at travelhealth@paramount.healthcare or call us on our helpline for more information on arranging health check-ups at your institution.
 
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