First year-year senior high school students have been directed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to carry valid National Health Insurance (NHIS) cards.
The students are also expected to carry along with tem immunization cards.
The Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, revealed this at a press conference on Monday.
First year students are to undergo health screening and in assigning the reasons for the screening, the GES boss said, the exercise was aimed at identifying health problems early for effective management to prevent any adverse effect on learning and also promote healthy lifestyle behaviour among students.
The package of the screening included medical history and general physical examination, vision assessment, hearing assessment, oral health screening, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) TB screening, nutrition assessment and laboratory examination, he added.
Professor Amankwa said the first round of screening, which began in December 2017 and ended in June 2018 was able to cover 294,256 students from 671 SHSs and appropriate referrals made for those who needed further attention.
"It is expected that all SHS One students will be screened at designated facilities with trained personnel assigned to all schools by the GHS.
"The purpose is to ensure early identification of health problems for prompt management and to prevent transmission of communicable diseases.’’