A three day Amritasmitham, Coordinated School Health Program, was conducted from January 21-23, 2017 at Eklavya Model Residential School, Pookode, Vythiri , Wayanad. The program was organized by the Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, as a part of its Health Promoting Schools initiative. The objective of the program was to improve the health and related awareness of children in a holistic manner. Activities relating of eight essential components of school health as outlined by the Centers of Disease Control were organized during the program.
Initial assessment of the school suggested that no significant efforts were made for conducting programmes that would improve the health awareness of children. It was also noted that standard operating procedures to tackle any trauma or medical emergency was non-existent. Overall general hygiene measures were also unsatisfactory. Based on these findings, a tailor-made program was devised to orient the school towards health promoting activities.
Over a period of three days, the following activities under each domain were organized:
The program concluded with a valedictory ceremony attended by the MLA of Kalpetta Mr. Saseendran C. K. and school management. A school was adjudged as a ‘Health Promoting School’ in the Bronze category (145/255) based on the assessment criteria. To ensure sustainability of the program and orient the school towards health promoting activities, a School Health Advisory Committee was formed which comprised of representatives from the school and our institute. Several recommendations were proposed during the meeting.