24th October 03:51 PM
Report finds dental cavities as top health condition among students
By Semi Turaga
Monday 09/10/2017

A report by the Ministry of Health has found that the top three health conditions found among students during school health visitations are dental cavities, dirty nails and underweight.

The Health Status Report 2016 says there is a decrease in dental cavities from 2013 to 2016 while there is a gradual fluctuation in cases observed in children for conditions such as dirty nails and underweight.

More than 106,000 students were seen through the Health Ministry’s school visitations in 2015.

It was also pointed out in the Health Status Report 2016 that the percentage of children with obesity seems to be considerably increasing from 2013.

The reports show about a 5% increase in the number of children with obesity since 2013.

The Health Status report is an annual compilation of health performance including disease trends, key health indicator status such as sustainable development goals, mortality rates and national roadmap indicators on health.

It is compiled by the Health Information Unit.

Source: Health Status Report 2016 

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