The School Health Programme is a health assessment, screening and intervention initiative for learners in Grade R,1, 4, 8 and 10.
This service is aimed at ensuring that learners do not have any learning barriers and are immunised against any possible infections and diseases.
Health Care workers visit various day care centres and schools throughout the year to provide this service.
upon their arrival,healthcare workers assess the following:
- Oral Health
- Nutritional Needs
- Physical Assessment
- Mental Health
- Chronic Illnesses
- Psychosocial Support and Minor Ailments
During these visits, health workers also provide health education on the following topics:
- hand washing
- personal and environmental hygiene
- road safety
- know your body
- medical male circumcision
- sexual and reproductive health
- drug and substance abuse
- STIs and HIV
- teenage pregnancy
- puberty and all forms of abuse.
In addition to assessing learners, health workers also assess the environment to ensure that there are first aid kits; water and sanitation; cooking areas; physical safety; ventilation, waste disposal; food gardens and recycling.
If learners are identified as requiring health care intervention and other services that cannot be provided on site, letters of referral are issued for parents to take them to relevant facilities.