Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos state commissioner for health
No fewer than 45,155 pupils in 74 public primary schools from 31 local governments and local council development areas of Lagos State have so far benefited from various screening exercises including dental, health, hygiene, ear, nose and throat amongst others under the school health programme within the last one year, the state commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.
Idris who stated this at the ministerial press briefing to mark the sixth year in office of Governor Babatunde Fashola noted that in addition to the screening exercise, the pupils also benefited from health education on environmental sanitation, personal hygiene, oral hygiene, care of the eye and adequate nutrition.
“Out of 45,155 pupils screened medically, 38,055 pupils representing 84 percent were managed for minor ailments. The most prevalent medical conditions seen among the pupils were scabies and ringworm, malnutrition and acute respiratory infections”, he said.
The commissioner added that out of the 36,843 pupils screened for dental ailments, 8,340 were managed for dental carries and chronic marginal gingivitis using facilities available in the mobile dental van stressing that 4,347 pupils benefited from scaling and polishing, 3,386 pupils benefited from extractions while 626 pupils benefited from filling of cavities.
Idris stated that 11,080 pupils were screened for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) stressing that the commonest ENT cases seen were excessive wax and aural discharge.
He listed local governments and local council development areas visited by the school health team as including Ojo, Iba, Somolu, Bariga, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Badagry West, Olorunda, Agege, Orile-Agege, Alimosho, Agbado-Okeodo, Eti-osa and Eti-osa East.
Others are Amuwo-Odofin, Oriade, Lagos Island, Lagos Island East, Epe, Eredo, Ikosi-Ejirin, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ifelodun, Ibeju-Lekki, Lekki, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ojokoro, Ikorodu, Ikorodu West, Apapa, and Apapa Iganmu.