(MENAFN - Arab News) A series of decisions to reorganize school health services were taken by the Cabinet yesterday. The weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, decided to move the general administration of school health and school health units from the Education Ministry to the Ministry of Health.
School health services shall be provided by the Health Ministry's hospitals and centers throughout the Kingdom. However, the Department of School Health Affairs shall remain with the Education Ministry and at the Education Departments in the regions and cities, said Culture and Information Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Khoja.
The Education Ministry shall continue to provide health and physical education, fitness test and health promotion. It will ensure environmental sanitation and occupational health of school workers and provide nutrition education and first aid services as well as mental health and counseling.
School health services shall be provided through a nurse specialized in school health. A nurse shall provide health services in a maximum of five schools. A doctor shall supervise a number of nurses and will be linked to the Directorate Health Affairs.