In 2020, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry launched the health card initiative under which health cards would be issued to all students of government schools. The aim of the Student Health Card scheme is to improve student health and consequently improve their academic performance. The health Card for Students is a document containing vital medical information like their age, weight, any diseases, treatment, and hospitalization for such diseases.
What is Student Health Card?
On 5th March 2020, the Student Health Card scheme was launched in Jammu and Kashmir by Lt. Governor GC Murmu during a program organized by the Directorate of the Mid Day Meal, School Education Department in cooperation with the National Health Mission.
Under this scheme, school-going children will undergo regular checkups to prevent malnutrition. As of March 2020, 12 lakh students of various government schools in the state had been issued a health card.
The program is part of the existing school health program and mandates twice-yearly medical checkups of government school students for which a calendar will be finalized. The time for the checkups will be fixed in collaboration with the National Health Mission.
Role of Teachers in the Student Health Card Scheme
Teachers are an integral part of the Student Health Card scheme. The HRD Ministry and the Health Ministry, with the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), prepared training modules and a syllabus for nodal teachers to support the Health Card for School Students Scheme. The goal of the scheme is to achieve a systematic procedure for health screening and early intervention for diseases.
Teachers are put into action as guides for school-going children and are expected to provide essential health-related information to their wards. They are required to organize hour-long sessions every week for 24 weeks to share important information on specific topics.
- Emotional strength and mental health
- Interpersonal relationship values and responsible citizens
- Gender equality
- Health and cleanliness
- Drug prevention
- Reproductive health
- HIV prevention
- Health violence and wound protection
- Safe use of the internet, media, and social media.
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Besides teachers, school management, and the government, parents are also an important part of the initiative. The role of parents is to make students aware of various diseases, health choices, and behaviours like WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).
FAQs about Student Health Card
Q.1 What is the Student Health Card scheme?
The Student Health Card scheme is a government scheme under which students of government schools are issued a health care card containing details of their health status.
Q.2 Which state/UT in India launched the Student Health Card scheme in 2020?
Jammu and Kashmir launched the Student Health Card scheme for over 12 lakh students.
Q.3 Who launched the Student Health Card scheme in Jammu and Kashmir?
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor GC Murmu launched the Student Health Card scheme in the Union Territory in March 2020.
Q.4 What information will the Student Health Card include?
The Student Health Card will include information about a child's immunization record, reports of their bi-annual examination, a checklist of common disorders among children, a tabular description of periodic health profile matrices, and a brief description of commonly occurring diseases and ailments among children.