Health education

School health services refer to the health care delivery system that is operational within a
school or college. These services aim at promoting and maintaining the health of school
children so as to give them a good start in life. In addition, these services seek to enable
children benefit optimally from their school learning experience. School-based health services
are provided through the school system to improve the health and well-being of children and in
some cases whole families and the broader community. School health services deal with health
appraisals, control of communicable diseases, record keeping and supervision of the health of
school children and personnel.
School health services are both preventive and curative services and it helps in providing
information to parents and school personnel on the health status of school children. It also
provides advisory and counselling services for the school community and parents. It include
pre-entry medical screening, routine health screening/examination, school health records, sick
bay, first aid and referral services. Other services rendered include health observation (which
involves physical inspection of the physiology and behaviors of children), health examinations
(screening tests and medical diagnosis) and health records (keeping of records of the health
histories of children).

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