No fewer than 45,155 pupils in 74 public primary schools have benefited from various screening exercises including dental health, ear, nose and throat infections in the past one year under the school health programme, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.
Idris who made remarks in Lagos explained that in addition to the screening exercise, the pupils also benefited from health education on environmental sanitation, personal hygiene, oral hygiene, care of the eye and adequate nutrition. “Out of 45,155 pupils screened medically, 38,055 pupils representing 84 percent were managed for minor ailments. The most prevalent medical conditions seen among the pupils were scabies and ringworm, malnutrition and acute respiratory infections”, he said.
He explained that out of the 36,843 pupils screened for dental ailments, 8,340 were managed for dental carries and chronic marginal gingivitis using facilities available in the mobile dental van, stressing that 4,347 pupils benefited from scaling and polishing, 3,386 pupils from extractions while 626 pupils benefited from filling of cavities. Idris stated that 11,080 pupils were screened for ear, nose and throat) stressing that excessive wax and aural discharge were common.