KOCHI: MES Eastern School, Eloor, has many first-of-its-kind initiatives to its credit. The school has now turned its focus on the health sector.
Early this month, the school formed a 60-member health task force made up of students from Class VI to Class IX. The primary objective of the force is to create awareness about the lifestyle diseases which have become a scourge for society.
As the first phase of the programme, classes were conducted on diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Each member of the force is leading such classes in at least 10 families in his or her locality. The members of the task force had been given training on lifestyle diseases by a health team led by Sheriff, the health inspector at the Eloor primary health centre.
They were also imparted training on how to check blood pressure and urine samples.
The training was conducted in two phases. In the second phase the students were given a class on �heart disease and exercise. A CD presentation on lifestyle diseases followed.