Policy & Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) formerly Punjab Health Sector Reforms Program (PHSRP), Government of the Punjab, had launched School Health & Nutrition Program in 2007-08. As part of this program, School Health & Nutrition Supervisors (SH&NSs) were hired to bridge the gap between primary health facilities and schools of rural areas across the Punjab. School Health and Nutrition Supervisors were appointed at the Basic Health Unit level in 33 districts of Punjab through District Government under the supervision of PSPU. There is no recruitment for districts Faisalabad, Khushab and Sahiwal.
Subsequent to bifurcation of the Health department into Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department (SH&ME), the post of SH&NS came under the administrative control of P&SHD.
Policy & Strategic Planning Unit, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department in collaboration with the School Education Department had launched pilot-testing for effective screening of School Children through SHNSs under School Health & Nutrition Program in 20 schools of 9 districts in Punjab.
After successful completion of pilot phase of android based school health application. Now Primary and Secondary Health Department is going to launch screening of students all over Punjab. For this purpose, not only 1770 SHNSs will be engaged but Mobile Health Units for detailed physical examination and eye specialist under the supervision of Dr. Asad Aslam (Professor of Ophthalmology, KEMU Chief Executive / Mayo Hospital) to check vision & eye problems of the children.
The key activities performed by SHNSs are as follows:
- Health & Nutrition screening of public schools’ children
- Referred identified students with diseases & follow up of those students
- Health education sessions in schools
- Health education sessions in community
After the bifurcation, P&SH Department started multiple reforms at primary healthcare level, one of which is revamping of the School Health & Nutrition Program.
As a part of revamping activities of SH&NS:
- Job Descriptions have been revised
- Curriculum has been developed
- Revision of recording and reporting tools
- Revision of Monitoring and evaluation framework
- Training of SH&NS across the Punjab on revised Job Descriptions and newly developed curriculum encompassing child screening (health & nutrition), recording and reporting tools and monitoring and evaluation framework.