Dimapur, April 7: With the reopening of schools, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) team under Chief Medical Officer Dimapur has resumed its activities from March 22. RBSK had suspended all activities since March 2020 following the lockdown and subsequent closing of schools due to the pandemic.
RBSK is an initiative under National Health Mission which aims at early identification and early intervention for children from birth to 18 years to cover 4 ‘D’s – defects at birth, deficiencies, diseases, and development delays including disability. These delays if not intervened timely may lead to permanent disabilities including cognitive, hearing or vision impairment.
Also, there are group of diseases common in children – dental cavities, rheumatic heart disease, reactive airways diseases, etc. Early detection and management of diseases including deficiencies helps in preventing these conditions to progress into more severe and debilitating form and thereby reducing hospitalization and also to improve the implementation of Right to Education.
Besides Government aided schools, RBSK team Dimapur also visited anganwadi centers. A minimum of 20 schools and 20 anganwadi centers were visited in a month by the team. The team after screening for diseases also referred children to the nearest Government health facility for further investigations if needed.
The RBSK team Dimapur comprised of Dr Nukshitola Kichu, Medical Officer, Dr Kadila A, Medical Officer, Kethokholu Swuro, GNM, Seyietuono, ANM, Tsolo-u Koza, Opthalmic Assistant, Imtisungkum Ao, RBSK co-ordinator and Tezinchu Teb, driver.
(Page News Service)