A nurse checks blood pressure of a student in Sindhuli in this file photo. Photo: Anil Bhandari/Republica
SINDHULI, Dec 8: Despite the government's announcement of the ambitious 'One School, One Nurse' program, the campaign has not been successful in the rural areas of the nation.
Nurses don't want to work in schools of rural areas the country, locals complained. The campaign was launched in all nine local units of Sindhuli in the current fiscal year.
Following the success of the campaign in 20 schools of 13 districts of Province 3, the program was launched in all the local units of Sindhuli district. The campaign was launched by the Ministry of Social Development of Province 3. The ministry had launched the campaign in the district citing its success in other districts.
Locals say there is no nurse at a school in Fikal Rural Municipality of the district. According to Raju Baral, spokesperson for the Fikal Rural Municipality, there is no nurse at Jana Jagriti Secondary School. “The school was selected for the program, but nurses don't want to work in schools in the rural parts,” he said.
According to Education Development and Coordination Unit, Sindhuli, the campaign was launched only at Jana Jyoti Secondary School in the last fiscal year. The project has been launched in all the local units of the district in the current fiscal year.
The project has been launched at Jana Jyoti Secondary School of Kamalamai Municipality, Thapa Thumka Secondary School of Sunkoshi Rural Municipality, Batase Secondary School of Tinpatan Rural Municipality, Sarada Secondary School of Golanchor Rural Municipality, Kapilakot Secondary School of Mardi Rural Municipality, Jana Jagaran Secondary School of Dudhauli Municipality, Bakhfar Secondary School of Hariharpur Gadhi Rural Municipality, Santeshwari Secondary School of Dhyanglekh Rural Municipality, and Jana Jagriti Secondary of Fikal Rural Municipality.
In the first phase, the ministry had appointed a total of 19 nurses in 19 government schools. The program was launched to provide emergency medical services to students and to counsel female students on reproductive health and sex education.
According to Sandhya Dhakal, nurse at Jana Jyoti Secondary School, the health condition of students are checked every three months. “The female students in the school come with menstrual problems,” she added.