Enact National School Health Policy Urgently
Category : Naya Blog
By Daniel Otieno (Network For Adolescents and Youth of Africa)
Sunday, March 12, 2017, The Standard
In 2009, the government through the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation launched the national school health policy.
This was in recognition of the numerous health and other social challenges identified among young people. Key among the challenges identified was disease prevention and control, including prevention of non-communicable diseases.
The World Health Organization information series on school health: Document 2 identifies tobacco use, behaviors that result in injury and violence, alcohol and substance use, dietary and hygienic practices, sedentary lifestyle and sexual behavior as major contributors to mortality, morbidity, and disability among the age group of 5-18 years. The development of national school health policy was therefore meant to promote health seeking behavior and enhanced knowledge on the linkages between environment and health. Progress has been made in some thematic areas, for instance, nutrition. However eliminating non-communicable diseases still experiences hitches.
Keeping tobacco and alcohol joints away from learning institutions will also reduce cases of drug abuse. We also promote healthy eating habits through improved programs.