The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has launched a back-to-school campaign under the slogan ‘Towards Promoting Students’ Overall Health’, which targets students of all ages, their parents, and all public-school employees. The campaign, which aims to reach the largest possible segment of the community, will commence today, Wednesday 17th of August, in three health centers: Leabaib, Al Thumama, and Al Wajbah.
On Sunday, the campaign will start at schools where a series of events will take place to highlight the importance of maintaining the highest level of mental, behavioral, and psychological health by providing educational tips on how to achieve that, in addition to organizing visits by parents with their children to health centers.
Moreover, the campaign sheds light on empowering students physically, psychologically, mentally and behaviorally, preparing them to engage in the educational process while enjoying comprehensive health, as well as raising the level of health awareness for students, their parents and school staff on many issues related to psychological health, physical health which highlights the importance of physical activity and healthy diet, and behavioral health which focuses on how to avoid wrong behaviors such as violence and bullying.
The campaign will start at the health centers mentioned above first, then it will continue from Sunday, August 21 to Wednesday, August 31 in schools. The events and activities include holding awareness lectures for students presented by school health nurses and a group of health educators from health centers.
Parents will also be involved, as they will receive periodical awareness messages from PHCC and the School Health Department, in addition to doctors holding meetings with students and their parents, health educators, psychologists, and social workers in the health awareness and education corner, whether at the school or health centers designated to implement the campaign.
Several educational and awareness videos are to be displayed on screens in all schools and health centers, and several brochures and awareness posters have been prepared, in addition to allocating a corner for drawing and coloring and another for taking vital signs and testing blood sugar. There will also be competitions for students according to their age group and printed educational materials with a QR Code distributed to everyone to reach the largest possible segment of the community.
PHCC stressed that preparing students for the new school year is a shared responsibility between the family and the school, adding it is necessary to provide all means to help students engage in the educational process and enjoy physical, psychological, and mental health, by cultivating healthy habits to achieve a safe lifestyle and promote overall health.
PHCC stressed its unwavering commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students as one of its top priorities, in line with the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 and the Qatar National Vision 2030.