Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Eyesight, dental disorders affect NWP children

S. M. Wijayaratne Kurunegala corr

Nearly two per cent of the school going children in the Kurunegala and Puttalam districts are suffering from poor eyesight while another 20 per cent are suffering from dental disorders.

The North Western Province Provincial Council Health Ministry has planned to conduct 145 mobile eye clinics and 45 mobile dental clinics in schools next year to provide them with proper treatment.

Dr. Nimal Senanayake, DMO of the Kurunegala District told the Daily News that the NWP-PC has allocated Rs. 2.1 million to conduct mobile health clinics for school children.

A batch of 25 PHIs and 48 Family health nurses have been trained to conduct the mobile health clinics. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Health Ministry to expedite its programmes to improve the health conditions of the student population with the assistance of health organisations that offer voluntary services.

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