Egypt has screened 8 million students for anaemia, obesity & dwarfism since 2019

Aya Gamal, Monday 17 Apr 2023

The Ministry of Health and Population has screened over 8 million primary school students for anaemia, obesity and dwarfism since 2019, according to the most recent official figures released on Sunday.

Medical team assesses students in Beheira governorate in the Nile Delta. File Photo


The screenings were conducted  by 2,400 medical teams on students aged 6 to 12  in 30,000 public and private schools, explained Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the health ministry.

They included assessment of weight, height, and haemoglobin levels, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

According to recent government figures, the percentage of children in primary schools who suffer from anaemia was estimated at 33 percent, while 13.5 percent were estimated to suffer from obesity and five percent suffer from dwarfism.

The ministry’s efforts to screen children on these three conditions come under the 100 Million Healthy Lives Presidential Initiative.

Parents can call the 106 Hotline for all inquiries on the campaign.

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