Vaccination cards to become compulsory in schools

07 Sep 2016 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) - Parents could soon be required to submit their children’s vaccination cards when they are enrolled in Grade One at primary schools countrywide.
This is to ensure that the rights of children to health are adhered to and protected.
Deputy Minister of Health and Social and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna made this announcement at the launch of the Integrated School Health Programme in Windhoek on Tuesday.
She expressed concern that some parents do not see to it that their children receive all their vaccinations which could affect their health in future.
The Integrated School Health Programme, a partnership programme between the health ministry and Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, strives for the attainment of health and social well-being for all school-going children.
Kavetuna further explained that the health ministry also plans to train teachers in health care as the ministry does not have the human resource capacity to send nurses to schools for regular health visits.
Some of the activities under the Integrated School Health Programme include school outreach services; improvement of school environments and infrastructure, especially water and sanitation facilities; development of a training of trainers manual for school health and training 150 health care providers and teachers on the programme.
On her part, the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka emphasised that schools occupy a central place in the community, after the family, and there is therefore the need for everybody to join forces to bring about improvements.
She said the Integrated School Health Programme will create a conducive and safe environment for learners and school staff in all schools and hostels based on agreed minimum standards of infrastructure and services.
It will further provide school health services to all learners, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised learners, and promote the school feeding programme.
The programme is being carried out in partnership with the United Nations Agencies.