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India to improve health of students in tribal schools

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NEW DELHI: India’s Health Ministry has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to improve the health and well-being of students in tribal schools.

The key objectives of the MoU are to provide age appropriate information about health and nutrition to children in schools, to promote healthy behavior among them, to detect and treat diseases early in children and adolescents.

The move will also include promoting use of safe drinking water in schools, safe menstrual hygiene practices by girls and promoting yoga and meditation through Health and Wellness Ambassadors and encourage research on health, wellness and nutrition for children.

Presiding over the signing ceremony, Health Minister J P Nadda said, “In line with our government's commitment to universal health coverage with priority accorded to the health needs of those who require it the most, our endeavour is to ensure that health concerns of the tribal population are holistically addressed.”

He said the memorandum is aimed at improving the health indicators of the needy and the poor in tribal areas.

Measures would have to be taken to ensure tribal students are co-opted and not left out, the health minister said.

On the occasion, an expert committee on tribal health also submitted to the ministers a detailed report with findings and recommendations.

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