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Students stay fit with health checkup at ADBU


By C.M. Paul
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Guwahati, Mar. 3.  A university in northeast India ensures that its students stay healthy while pursing their academic studies.
The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) based in Guwahati has been conducting health check up for all its staff and students from its inception five years ago.
ADBU ''could be the only University in India having such program,'' says Dr Shantanu Kumar Das founder director of Project Child, a Guwahati-based Non Governmental Organization which provides emergency, preventive, promotive and curative aspect of Health Care while addressing all health related needs.

During the week-long session, all students, both graduates and undergraduates and faculty undergo routine health check up. Last month, the entire university community had taken vaccination to prevent Japanese Encephalitis common in Assam.

''This is a great help to ensure my health. I am happy that my eyesight is good,'' says Rituja Saikia of Electronic Communication Engineering 3rd year student who is happy that she need not increase the power of her glasses.

Every student has a Health Record Book which contains the details of health condition over the years.

The 12-year-old Project ''CHILD'' an initiative of Society for Promotion of Student Health (SPSH) is the oldest and most compressive School Health Programme of Assam.

It has a group of 29 doctors, all specialists in their respective fields like Eye, ENT, Dental, Lifestyle specialist, Internal medicine, Surgery, Gynecologist, Pediatrician, and General Practitioner who provide complete health solution.

Female students are counseled by a lady gynecologist on how to notice abnormalities in their body and when to report it to medical experts.

The Ambulance placed in the university provides for prompt and safe transfer of the student or faculty to his or her house or to the hospital during any medical emergency.

Both male and female nurses are provided under the program in the campus and look after all medical cases with the support and advice from the emergency medical doctor.

For program's Hospital tie-up, all major hospitals including both private and government in the city are empanelled to provide prompt attention to any student coming through the program. In all hospitals nodal doctors are also enrolled and they act as the primary attending doctor. The program also provides an amount of money sufficient for the initial management of the cases.

The infirmary at the university is monitored by doctors by the use of Telemedicine, where any medical emergency is managed under the guidance of a doctor who can see the patient and have a personal interaction with the patient via the use of telemedicine.

The group also won a national E-Health Award for the innovative use of technology for health.
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