Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha(JBAR)/RBSK


Gabriela Mistral Quote:
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer 'Tomorrow.' His name is 'Today.'”

As part of the scheme, Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) would train teachers to recognise students with health problems. The Women and Child department will provide nutritious food to students suffering from malnutrition, and the Medical department will provide treatment free of cost. 

Jawahar Bala Arogya RakshaThe Government hereby orders the launch of School Health Programme across the state on 14 November 2010, under the name of Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha. The operational name for Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha (JBAR) will be the Child Health Improvement Programme (CHIP).

The objectives of the programme are to :

a) Health screening of all children studying in schools, followed by the issue of Student Health Cum Education Record (SHER);

b) Administration of DPT booster vaccination to all children in the age group of 5 to 7 years and TT booster to children in the age group of 10 to 15 years;

c) Administration of deworming medicines and Vitamin-A and D to all children twice a year, and Iron and Folic Acid tablets for those with anemia;

d) Treatment of all minor ailments, including malnutrition, scabies, lice infestation, etc.;

e) Referral of children requiring secondary and tertiary care to the appropriate facility for Specialist review, appropriate investigations, treatment of the disease and follow-up;

f) Integration of health education, life-skills and practical lessons in prevention of diseases and promotion of health; and

g) Health check-up for teachers and other school functionaries and integration of nutrition education with health promotion.

The Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha will cover about 85,32,635 children studying in 46,823 government and government aided schools in the state. The screening of all students and referral of those with pre-existing diseases will be completed before the end of the current
academic year, duly following a detailed schedule to be finalized at the Mandal and the District levels. Each school will be visited by a school health team lead by the PHC Medical Officer and a team of para-medical staff, including an Ophthalmic Officer, to screen each and every child in the school between 1 December 2010 and 10 March 2011 duly following the pre-fixed schedule.

Every child will be issued a Student Health Record (SHR) after detailed physical examination by the Doctor. The Student Health Record is a comprehensive document that will be valid for a five-year period and will incorporate details of all health events occurring in the life of the student. The SHR, which will be retained in the school under the custody of the teacher, will be given to the student / parent of the student, whenever the child requires referral to a hospital forfurther investigation and treatment. The student carrying the SHR will be given due priority for investigation and treatment in all APVVP and teaching hospitals. A separate counter and register will be established in all government hospitals for the school children. Apart from administration of Vitamin-A and D and de worming of children, minor ailments, if any, will be treated by the screening doctor. 

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GO MS No. 319 Dt. 27.10.2011
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