More than 1.8 million students received health care services

During 2023, the National Student Welfare Institute (Inabie) benefited more than 1.8 million students through free comprehensive health services to reduce school dropout and ensure that they are in optimal conditions for learning in their classrooms, in addition to supporting with this action the saving of resources to their families.

The medical staff of the Preventive Health area successfully carried out two deworming days nationwide and participated in the comprehensive targeted days in which a total of 1,874,504 schoolchildren were attended.

The beneficiaries received medicines for viral, allergic and other conditions, such as Albendazole 400 mg, ketoconazole to treat skin fungus, anti-flu drugs, permethrin to eliminate lice, griseofulvin for fungal infections of the skin, hair and nails, as well as acetaminophen, multivitamins and other treatments.

In this regard, the School Health Management Department of the Health and Social Services Directorate of INABIE explained that, under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health, a total of 3.8 million units of medicines were delivered to students and teaching staff of the educational community during the year that ended recently.

On the other hand, in general, the oral, visual and hearing health areas attended 71,945 students during the year, as detailed below.

The Oral Health Division attended 34,183 students who benefited from 138,277 treatments such as prophylaxis, scaling, fluoride application, pit and fissure sealants, pulp capping, temporary and permanent exodontia, fillings, among other dental interventions and processes to combat tartar and bacterial plaque, as well as caries prevention.

In addition, Visual Health performed 33,679 screenings with visual acuity tests on the same number of students; some 4,867 schoolchildren required ophthalmological and optometric evaluations. Of these, 2,135 received glasses to treat blurred vision and retrograde defects such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

Also, the Hearing Health area evaluated 4,083 students and delivered 242 hearing aids, with adaptations to 128 of the latter.

All these evaluations and treatments are carried out at the institute’s headquarters in the National District, in the modules installed in different districts of the country, as well as in educational centers through the Ruta del Bienestar.

INABIE takes first Ruta del Bienestar of 2024 to Monte Cristi

The students of Monte Cristi were the first beneficiaries of the first Ruta del Bienestar of the year 2024. During the week of January 15-18, INABIE specialists in hearing, visual, oral and nutritional health carried out a large comprehensive health day at the Rosa Smester, John F. Kennedy and Liceo en Arte José Martí schools in which more than 1,500 students were impacted.

The next comprehensive health day is scheduled for the week of February 19-23 in Las Caobas, Santo Domingo Oeste.

Source: Presidencia.gob.do

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