Mumbai: ‘Doctor at school’ an initiative to tackle emergencies

Whenever a child falls ill in schools, the schools have medical aid facility with them. However, the facility is like basic first aid. To tackle the emergency conditions, the Mumbai’s Pediatrics Network have suggested the schools on having a medical facility unit

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Whenever a child falls ill in schools, the schools have the medical aid facility with them. However, the facility is more or like the basic first aid. Having noted that, if some unfortunate condition occurs, then these schools do not have the facility to cater such needs. If not treated in time, then it may prove to be fatal. Considering this argument, the Mumbai’s Pediatrics Network have suggested the schools on having a medical facility unit in the premises.

The organisation has started a Doctor at School programme. Under the scheme, schools have to set up medical units in their campus. To provide treatment on time is the purpose of these centres. In this unit, paediatrics and nurses will be available.

A paediatrician and Director of Paediatrics Network, Dr Atis Laddad, said, “Our organisation is working in across the country. We have started a primary unit in 10 to 12 schools in the initial phase. We are getting the good response from schools and colleges now.”

“In many schools and colleges, teachers do not know how to react in an emergency. Therefore, we have decided to give medical education to school staff. Apart from this, the paediatricians will guide them. We would also tie up with government and private hospital near schools. So, in case of emergency, the child can be shifted there,” he added.