Pune: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, the University of Pune (UoP) will conduct health check-up camps for at least 3.5 lakh girl students studying in approximately 800 colleges and institutions affiliated to it in the three districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik. The move is aimed at creating awareness among the girls students about the importance of preventive health care and making their consolidated health profile.
The students will be screened by gynecologists, orthopaedic surgeons, psychiatrists, heart specialists, ophthalmologists and other experts during the health camps beginning in July.
UoP vice-chancellor Wasudev Gade said, “During the health screening camps, our main objective will be to identify girl students suffering from anemia, which is caused due to nutritional iron deficiency and can affect their ability to grow and learn.”
He said that the healthcare centre of the university will play a big role in the project. “We will take the help of local doctors and some NGOs while setting up the screening centres in all the three districts. There will be a complete body check-up of the girl students and if they have some issues related to any ailment, they will be given free treatment depending on their financial condition.” “Among the many aspects that contribute to the growth of a young girl student is her good health. An unhealthy student finds it difficult to concentrate on her studies and intends to keep herself away from participating in sports and other activities,” said the vice-chancellor.
Gade said that screening of health issues in colleges is a very effective way of analysing the basic health status of every student and addressing the same immediately. “I am glad that through these health screen camps, we will be able to address the health problems of many girl students.”