Monthly Health Screening Program at PSD School, Dhaka

On the 16th of March, 2017, the monthly health screening and follow up took place in the Program for Sustainable Development School (PSD). The Health camp was scheduled by Mr. Sibnath Sarker and conducted by young esoteric Dr. Mitul from Bangladesh Medical College and Dr. Pooja from Dhaka Medical College. The doctors ran the screening program with confidence and affability.

The program began with the national anthem at the morning congregation. This really fomented our inner strength to work for and aspire to a disease free, healthy and prosperous Bangladesh.

Students from grade 1 to grade 5, comprising of approximately 100 students, were screened and given follow up reports. The screenings began at 9:45 am, and had a total duration time of about two and a half hours. 2 pharmaceutical companies also supplied over the counter drugs- mainly multivitamins, multi-minerals, Paracetamols, hematinic supplements and antibiotics. Majority of the students screened complained of either vague abdominal pain, allergic rhinitis, sore throat, bone pain, or calf muscle pain. The changing weather, variation in temperature and the students’ exposure to dust particles could explain the allergies developed by them. The pains the students complained of may also be explained to be the pain caused by physical growth, typically faced by children their age. A few students also complained about difficulties in seeing objects far away, paired with watering eyes with headaches. A simple vision test was done to examine the students’ eyes. The doctors also asked them if they regularly used anthelmintic medications.

After further examination, a significant number of students were diagnosed with running noses. However, their body temperatures were within the appropriate range. Ear examinations were also conducted and as per the results, a few students had impacted ear wax. Furthermore, 2 students were suspected to have Pulmonary Tuberculosis and the appropriate authorities were informed about it. A student was also suffering from mumps and was provided with proper isolation due to the contagious nature of the condition. Among the approximate 100 students, 68 students were prescribed with additional supplements (mainly multivitamins and multi-minerals) and diagnostic suggestions. There were suspicions of some students having somatic symptom disorders since they had a tendency of absenteeism. Many students also complained of headaches without any apparent reason. After examining the results of the screenings, it can be concluded that opportunities for the students to engage in extracurricular activities need to be increased, along with an improvement in the nutritional status of the students. The students also have to be further educated on matters of health and hygiene.

Author:  Pooja Roy, Dhaka

Editor:  Azmeena Sayeed, New York