School health services in developing countries
School children form a large segment (nearly 25%) of the general community and they have the same basic health needs as the community as a whole. These needs should include a diet adequate in quality and quantity; general health services, including preventive and promotive aspects; a hygienic environment at home and school; and safe, pure drinking water with proper arrangements for disposal of sewage. Since school children are still growing physically, intellectually and emotionally, any adverse economic, social and environmental factors, dietary deficiencies, and communicable diseases are more damaging to them than to adults. Healthy children are a sound investment for a nation. Children need the security and affection of a good home and family life, and an education that recognises their aptitudes, capabilities and physical and mental disabilities (Henderson, 1972).
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