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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:11 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 1:11 AM (IST)RASHRTIYA BAL SWASTHYA KARYAKRAM

Only 25% children follow up treatment

Nikhila Pant Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 13

The Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) seems to be lagging behind in the district when it comes to children following up preliminary examination with treatment. Of the 18,568 students identified with one or the other ailment during screening in the year 2017-18, only 4,669 children underwent treatment under the RBSK. This data accounts for only 25 per cent children going for further treatment.

Taking a serious note of the data, the Civil Surgeon, Bathinda, shot off letters to the senior medical officers of Goniana, Sangat, Bhagta, Talwandi Sabo, Ballianwali and Women and Children Hospital, Bathinda.

Stating that the low turnout of children for further treatment has also come to the notice of the Government of India, the Civil Surgeon has issued guidelines to be followed to ensure a better response to the scheme.

The health teams working under the RBSK initiative has been directed to make sure that only those students, identified with one or more of the 30 diseases listed under the scheme, are referred for further treatment. The staff have been asked to focus on quality rather than quantity.

The RBSK staff will now have to prepare lists of referred children and submit the same with school heads and anganwari workers so that they may motivate children and families to seek further treatment. The staff will also have to maintain a record of such children and follow up regularly with schools and anganwari centres to know whether further treatment has been taken or not.

Inter-department meetings of staff of the Education Department, the Health Department and Integrated Child Development Services staff to check the discrepancy in the number of children referred and those who chose further treatment and an attempt to be made to lower the difference between the two lists.

The RBSK is an initiative under the National Health Mission of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The initiative aims at screening and early intervention services to be provided to children. The target of the scheme is early detection and treatment of 30 health conditions prevalent in children less than 18 years of age. These health conditions are largely listed under defects at birth, diseases in children, deficiency conditions and developmental delays including disabilities.

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