AFTER COVERING major diseases each year, annual School Health Programme carried out for the last two decades by health and education departments will now focus on birth defects, this year. For this, ‘Atal Sneh Yojana’ – screening of newborn for enhancement of health’ will be launched on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday- December 25. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced this scheme during the state-wide launch of School Health Programme for the year 2016-17 at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital on Monday. The annual health drive will screen children for two months starting Monday followed by treatment.
Also, the state government is planning to launch an air ambulance service to save human life during the golden hours as a part of the new health policy. To identify birth defects among newborn, screening will be conducted at delivery points – both, government and private. In case of non-institutionalised deliveries, female health workers, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK) team members will screen the child. “Major and complicated birth defects, including neural tube defect, cleft lip and palate, club foot, development dysplesia of hip, congenital cataract, congenital deafness, congenital heart disease, retinopathy of prematurity, Down’s Syndrome among others would be screened at all government and private delivery centres in the state,” the CM announced.