Punjab to combat drug use in schools with web portal

Lahore (HRNW) The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has developed the Student Health Profile Portal, a web-based application system to keep an eye on the physical and mental health of school students and curb drug use.

According to a statement issued by the department, it aims to keep a track of relapses and ensure rehabilitation of drug users. It will be working with the School Education Department to help screen students across the province once a year.

A team of doctors, psychiatrists and mental health experts will interview students. Those suspected of using drugs will be routed to rehabilitation centres or, if they’re found to be physically unfit, to hospitals.

A separate IT department will ensure that the application runs smoothly.

Teachers will be given access to the application and guided how to use it to input pupils’ data.

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