Lack of school nurses impacts students’ health

Many schools in the country are facing difficulties in taking care of students’ health when schools have more students with serious medical conditions.


Lack of school nurses impacts students’ health

According to the Ministry of Education and Training’s regulations, educational facilities must have medical rooms; however, many schools cannot expand nursing coverage or are cutting it down.

There's been a lot of controversy about whether schools should have health rooms or clinics nearby to take care of students’ health.

As per the Prime Minister’s instruction No. 23/2006/CT-TTg issued in July, 2006 on the healthcare in schools, the Ministry of Education and Training has implemented measures and recruit more nurses in schools.

However, there has no change in health-related tasks in schools with just half of schools having a medical room and half of schools having nurses. Just 55 percent of schools in the country keep students’ medical record and nurses in schools . Most schools just encourage parents to buy health insurance for their children.

Worse, clerks and librarians turn out to be medical workers in some schools. Lack of medical workers has greatly impacted students’ health because students spend whole day in schools, school medicine will provide primary health-care; accordingly, its role is very important.

Preschools and high schools should take heed to health education to students helping them to have knowledge to prevent diseases and social evils. Accordingly, in addition to good skills, medical workers in school must be clever in spreading information of gender, sex, personal hygiene and food safety.