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Thanks to paediatrician Govind Singh Chappola, who has opened the free study centre for children, atleast 10 of the children have joined a regular school.

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Jaipur : Dr. Govind Singh Chappola, a paediatrician, has recently opened a free study centre at Neem Ka Thana town in Sikar district for providing education to the poor children, all ragpickers, which operates between 3pm and 5pm every afternoon.

Chappola, who was motivated by his late father’s community work, began this centre in front of his house in Singhiwal Basti last year where he has appointed a teacher whom he pays from his pocket.

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“Keeping in mind suitable timing for these children, the study centre runs from 3 pm to 5 pm every day. I started this in October last year and till the time of summer vacation we enrolled over 100 students in just four months. Of them about 35-40 children are coming to study regularly. Some of them never went to any school,” Chappola told IANS.

“I am happy that at least 10 of these students have now joined a regular school. It was my dream that they should be motivated to join the school,” he said.

“Since the beginning of this new session about 50 days back, we have enrolled 70 such children as students,” he added.

“I am sure that in future the number will increase. My main aim is to motivate these children and their parents about education,” he said.

“I have been inspired by my father Sultan Singh Chappola who tried to help people in whatever way he could. He used to organise prize distribution ceremony at schools with an aim to motivate children to study,” he said.

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After his father’s death, Chappola opened the study centre. Thanks to his efforts, even the parents of these ragpickers have now started to realise the importance of education.

The doctor provides text books free of cost. To motivate these children so that they attend the classes, he offers them chocolates too. He also provides school uniform to these children.

Chappola, who works at the Kapil Hospital, offers free treatment to the children and provides medicines as well.

“I want to see these children happy, healthy and educated. It is a small effort for my own satisfaction and I am doing it without any help,” Chappola said. (IANS)

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Kids in LMICs Receive Excessive Amount of Antibiotic Prescriptions

Kids in low income countries prescribed excess antibiotics

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Children who receive excessive antibiotic prescriptions may lose the ability to fight pathogens. Pixabay

Kids in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are receiving an excessive amount of antibiotic prescriptions that could harm the children’s ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide, warns a new study.

Children in these countries received 25 antibiotic prescriptions through age five – a “remarkable” estimate, given that two antibiotic prescriptions per year is considered excessive in many high-income settings, said the study published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

“We knew children in LMICs are sick more often, and we knew antibiotic prescription rates are high in many countries. What we did not know was how these elements translate into actual antibiotic exposure – and the results are rather alarming,” said lead author of the study Gunther Fink from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Basel, Switzerland.

Antimicrobial resistance is one of today’s biggest threats to global health and development, according to the World Health Organization.

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Children in LMICs received 25 antibiotic prescriptions through age. Pixabay

One factor contributing to this global health threat is the excessive use of antibiotics worldwide.

The research team from Swiss TPH and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the US analysed data from 2007-2017 from health facilities and household surveys from eight countries: Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Results showed that antibiotics were administered in 81 per cent of cases for children with a respiratory illness, in 50 per cent for children with diarrhoea, and in 28 per cent for children with malaria.

The researchers found that the number of antibiotic prescriptions in early childhood varied from country to country.

While a child in Senegal received approximately one antibiotic prescription per year in the first five years of life, a child in Uganda was prescribed up to 12.

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In comparison, a prior study showed that children under five in Europe receive less than one antibiotic prescription per year on average.

“This number is still high given that the vast majority of infections in this age group are of viral origin,” said study co-author Valerie D’Acremont from Swiss TPH. (IANS)