Dimapur, April 7 (MExN): With the reopening of schools, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) Team under Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur has resumed its activities since March 22.
RBSK had suspended all activities since March 2020 following the lockdown and subsequent closing of schools due to the pandemic, informed a press release issued by Kimnei, District Media Officer Dimapur.
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 viz. 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 viz. 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 visits anganwadi centers. A minimum of 20 schools and 20 anganwadi centers are visited in a month by the team. The team after screening for diseases also refers children to the nearest Government health facility for further investigations if needed.
The RBSK team Dimapur comprises 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.