Awareness on Health Checkup for School Students Among Parents
Author(s): Ngoubinah pretty TM, Vishnu Priya V* and Gayathri R
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of diseases. Health practices create a preventive barrier thus promotes and establishes a sound health check-up status of a child’s psychological characteristics such as optimism, self-control, confidence, and can also have a positive effect on both physical and mental health throughout life. Given the current high incidence of infectious diseases among primary, junior, and senior high school students, it is very important to improve the knowledge of students and parents on infectious diseases which serves as an important channel in controlling epidemics and outbreaks of infectious diseases in schools. The aim of the study is to create awareness on health checkup for school students among parents. Self-administered questionnaire was designed based on knowledge, attitude, perception and practice and was distributed to parents through an online survey planet link. The questions were distributed among 124 parents and the data was collected and systematically analyzed. In the present survey, we found that the majority of participants took their children for frequent health checkups, and were aware about the importance of their children's health. Hence it is important to take frequent health checks to maintain good health and prevent them from contagious disease. Health checkup camps in schools and colleges, seminars, workshops may be conducted to create awareness on regular health checkup for children among parents.