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Paper Title: A STUDY ON THE NIGERIA NATIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN OWERRI EDUCATIONAL ZONE 1.
Authors Name: Uchejuru O.U , Uchejuru A.C , Uchejuru N.C , Onwuchekwa I.O
Unique Id: IJSDR2309064
Published In: Volume 8 Issue 9, September-2023
Abstract: The National School Health Policy (NSHP) was enacted and adopted in Nigeria in 2006 as a guide to the implementation of the School Health Programme (SHP) for the maintenance and improvement of the health of children in school. We decided to under- take a survey of the implementation of this policy in public schools in Owerri educational zone 1, by assessing the Head teachers' perceptions, attitude, and practice and to determine possible merit or dis-merit, if any, in the policy implementation. A correlational survey research design was carried out on public primary and secondary schools in Owerri educational zone 1 using pre- tested structured questionnaires administered to their head teachers. Information on school demographics, school health services; school environment, skill-based health instructions in schools and, perceived enablers or barriers to school health implementation were retrieved. About 65% of participants were unaware of the existence of the NSHP document. None of the schools reported pre-entry medical examination of students, 49.6% had no latrines, 42.1% had no source of water at school, and 45.1% had no teacher trained in Health education. Some of their perceived challenges were low awareness and commitment of school managers, the absence of health workers in school, and lack of teachers training on School Health Programme. Management of educational resources at any level should be made a serious offence attracting a minimum five years imprisonment, this should be included in the constitution of Nigeria and also the entrenchment of education as a non- negotiable right of every citizen in the constitution will help check corruption in that sector.
Keywords: School, Health, Policy, School Community, School Health Programme, School health Day, Services
Cite Article: "A STUDY ON THE NIGERIA NATIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN OWERRI EDUCATIONAL ZONE 1.", International Journal of Science & Engineering Development Research (www.ijsdr.org), ISSN:2455-2631, Vol.8, Issue 9, page no.408 - 414, September-2023, Available :http://www.ijsdr.org/papers/IJSDR2309064.pdf
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Publication Details: Published Paper ID: IJSDR2309064
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Published In: Volume 8 Issue 9, September-2023
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): http://doi.one/10.1729/Journal.36033
Page No: 408 - 414
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ISSN Number: 2455-2631

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