Prof (Dr) Sunil Kumar, director general of health services, ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India, released a pictorial booklet called 'Covid-19 Prevention Guidebook for Schools'. The booklet has been written and designed by Dr Suman Mor from Panjab University, Chandigarh and Dr Ravindra Khaiwal from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh.
During the release, Prof (Dr) Sunil Kumar, director general of health services, underlined the need to ensure the safety of children and all those responsible for giving them an education. Prof Kumar said that the pictorial booklet by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Panjab University, Chandigarh, would be a valuable tool for the effective implementation of Covid mitigation strategies by active engagement of school authorities, parents, teachers and students.
Dr Kaushalya, director, Central Health Education Bureau, ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India pointed out that underprivileged students were deprived of online education because it relied heavily on family support and resources available at home and school. Hence, she said reopening of physical classes would ensure equitable opportunities for all.
Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, additional professor, department of community medicine and school of public health, PGIMER, said the booklet provided essential information about COVID-19, its mode of transmission and symptoms, including step by step measures to be taken by students, parents, teachers and school authorities.