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In a revelation that raises many eyebrows,as many as 28 schoolchildren have been diagnosed with disease related to heart,cancer,kidney and others,with many of them requiring surgeries,in Panchmahals district.
These cases have come to light during the ongoing annual school health check up programme by state government.
Dr P K Srivastava,chief district health officer (CDHO) of Panchmahals,said on Tuesday that 17 students were diagnosed with cardiac diseases while six were found suffering from kidney related complications.
Moreover,two children were diagnosed with cancer and five others were found to have been suffering from ear and throat-related illness.
The cases have been reported from all the 11 talukas of the district and majority of them require surgeries. They will be referred for special treatment, Dr Bipin Patel,epidemic medical officer (EMO) of Panchmahals told The Indian Express,over phone.
Dr Patel further said majority of the 28 children are were below 15 years of age.
However,there is a possibility of the number of such cases going high. These cases have been detected from 4,25,239 children and there are more than 2.5 lakh students yet to undergo the health check-up. Therefore,the number of children suffering from serious diseases is likely to go up, Dr Patel,who is the nodal officer for the programme,said.
He said no particular reasons were found to be responsible for such cases. Most of the heart related complications are result of congenital disorder while few others are rheumatic heart disease. No specific reasons for kidney and cancer cases have come to our notice, Dr Patel said.
The doctor added that the cases were reported from all areas,rural and semi-urban,of the tribal district.
Last year too,60 cases of heart disease,14 kidney related disease and six cases of cancer were registered during the same drive and many of the students had been operated upon.
Dr Patel said it was a challenge for schools and state medical officers to persuade parents to let their children undergo treatments.
Since they are not aware of all these disease,sometime they refuse to take their children to hospital. But we persist with them and convince that it will be in the interest of their children, Dr Patel said.