Lucknow - Nearly 55 per cent students in Classes 4 to 12 have reported health issues, mainly due to prolonged online learning during the pandemic.
The health issues mainly include stress, severe eyesight problems and insomnia.
These are the findings of a study -- 'The Impact of Online Teaching during the Pandemic on Learning and Well-being' -- conducted by students of Lucknow-based Spring Dale College (SDC) chain of schools.
The report is based on a survey, including group discussion, of 4,454 respondents -- 3,300 students, 1,000 parents and 154 teachers -- of various schools.
The respondents were queried about the problems and benefits of online classes.
In the study, 54-58 per cent students said that they experienced severe physical strain, eyesight troubles, backache and headache due to postural problems, apart from lethargy, fatigue, irritability and obesity.
Nearly 50 per cent complained of stress and 22.7 per cent of insomnia while about 65 per cent of students cited technical glitches, network problem, difficulty concentrating while studying through mobile phones.
About 45-47 per cent of students had problems in interacting with teachers and classmates and said not all people are seen on screen at a time.
Students also complained of loss in confidence and low motivation.
The positive result of online education, however, is that both students and teachers have become tech savvy.
Over 60 per cent of the students said they got additional leisure time which they used in gardening, art and craft while 65 per cent said they spent free time at home which strengthened family bonding.
However, both students and teachers yearned to get back to classrooms and felt that physical interaction helped in improving educational standards.
Thiruvananthapuram, July 24 (IANS) The country's largest family health centre was opened at Vazhakkad in Malappuram here on Saturday by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan online.Fully funded by Shamsheer Vayalil, an NRI entrepreneur from Kerala and also the CMD of VPS Healthcare, a leading healthcare service provider in GCC nations and India, the 15,000 sq. ft. family health centre, has been reconstructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore. It has an open gym and a play area for children, and is disabled-friendly.The original primary health centre was destroyed in the 2018 floods.Vijayan said it is the vision of his government to strengthen public health centres."Developing and upgrading primary and family health centres is our priority," said Vijayan.The family health centre, which is expected to cater to the medical needs of around 75,000 outpatients annually, was reconstructed as part of the CSR initiative of UAE-based VPS Healthcare.Vayalil said healthcare across the globe has been undergoing tremendous changes, especially since the outbreak of the pandemic."We are thankful to all. It has been a collective effort, and this will not have been a success without the backing of the local population. We dedicate the family health centre to all with great pride," said Vayalil, who is the son-in-law of business tycoon M.A. Yusuf Ali.Ali, who was the chief guest of the function, said it is heartening to see that the Vazhakkad family health centre has now been upgraded to a modern health infrastructure with the capacity to address the growing needs of the public.--IANSsg/bg
Johannesburg, July 23 (IANS) The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said it was probing the deaths of 28 people who apparently died after being administered with a Covid-19 vaccine.The study would be conducted to determine if these fatalities were directly linked to the vaccination in the country where the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer jabs are being used, reports Xinhua news agency."We need to determine if the event that we saw is indeed related to the vaccine or related to something else. These are very comprehensive studies that would be conducted," SAHPRA's CEO Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela said on Thursday.The probe was launched after the SAHPRA on Wednesday told parliamentarians that there were reports of breakthrough infections after people were inoculated with the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.According to the National Health Department's figures, around 5.5 million South Africans have been vaccinated. Over one million people have received the J&J vaccine and 4.5 million others the Pfizer jab.SAHPRA said they have received 3,730 reports of adverse events following immunisation, of which 279 were termed as adverse events of special interest.According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the country, one of the worst hit in the African continent, has recorded 2,327,472 cases till date, with 68,192 fatalities.--IANSksk/
Paris, July 22 (IANS) The French government's restrictive measures targeting unvaccinated people came into effect on Wednesday as the country entered its fourth epidemic wave amid worrying acceleration of the Delta variant.People who want to visit culture venues or go to amusement parks, swimming pools and gyms in France must now present a certificate which proves they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, test negative or recently recovered form the respiratory illness, the Xinhua news agency reported.Starting from early August, the health pass will also be needed to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance train and plane journeys, in a move to encourage people to get vaccinated.However, the document would not be required in schools when the academic year begins in September."What is a health pass? It is an incentive to vaccinate. It is the way to keep open as much as possible places that could have been closed if the epidemic flares up," Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday."We are in the fourth wave. The Delta variant is the majority one, it is more contagious," he told TF1 television, noting that the total cases of coronavirus cases jumped by 140 per cent in a week.On Tuesday, France logged more than 18,000 new infections, 98 percent of them among unvaccinated people, he noted."We must give ourselves the means to control this epidemic outbreak…The contagiousness of (Delta) variant forces us even more to be vaccinated," the prime minister said.In this context, five million vaccine appointments would be available in the next two weeks to accelerate the vaccination pace. The government aims 50 million first vaccine doses by the end of August, up from an initial target of 40 million shots, which would be reached later this month, according to Castex.Despite critics and street protests against the health pass, French lawmakers started on Wednesday afternoon to debate the government's new sanitary bill which also includes an obligation of 10-day isolation for people who test positive for Covid-19.Any offender who refuses to respect the health pass rules risks to be fined up to 1,500 euros ($1,767) while a legal person has to pay 7,500 euros at the first breach.At the third breach, it can go up to one year in jail and a fine of 9,000 euros for a natural person, and one year in jail and 45,000 euros for a legal person."It's a question of freedom today, for the freedom to find a stable and serene life, for the freedom not to see our intensive care services saturated," said Health Minister Olivier Veran while addressing the National Assembly."All the models are consistent. They predict an epidemic peak at the end of the summer which would overwhelm our hospital services if nothing is done," he said. "The situation we are experiencing is worrying, but we are not unarmed to face it."After the National Assembly, the bill will pass to the Senate for debate on Thursday and is set to be approved at the weekend. --IANSint/rs
Beijing, July 21 (IANS) While scientists across the globe are debating on the need for a third booster jab against Covid-19 and whether the shots can be mixed, China's top disease control official said he has taken three different shots against the infectious disease, the media reported."I was among the first to have a domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine when I got the shot in May last year," the South China Morning Post quoted Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying to state-run magazine Global People. "I have now had three shots that used different technology and were from different manufacturers and I haven't felt any discomfort," Fu added.However, the report did not say why Fu took the third jab, and whether it was part of a study.In April, Fu had called for research into mixing vaccines to try to "resolve the issue that current vaccines don't have very high protection rates", sparking debates on low efficacy of Chinese vaccines. Chinese scientists have been in a game of "cat and mouse" to test the efficacy of existing vaccines against new variants, Fu said. "So far, our vaccines have worked, especially in the face of the Delta strain," Fu was quoted as saying to the magazine."There is a possibility that the coronavirus vaccines will become closer to being like flu vaccines" and that life could go back to normal after "a certain degree" of pandemic control is reached, he said.Chinese drug makers are working on updated versions of their vaccines for more transmissible Covid-19 variants like Delta, the SCMP report said.In June, Sinovac Biotech chairman Yin Weidong last month said early stage human trials had found that antibodies created by its vaccine had "jumped 10 to 20 times" when a third dose was given three or six months.Sinopharm also confirmed developing a new booster shot, in March, but said further studies were needed.Globally, many countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Turkey and Indonesia have been offering third booster shots for people who have received Sinopharm and Sinovac jabs. Israel has rolled out a third shot for vulnerable groups, while Britain has announced plans for booster jabs ahead of winter.Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a recently released joint statement on vaccine boosters, stated that people who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe illness and death, including from emerging variants such as the highly contagious Delta variant."FDA, CDC, and NIH (National Institutes of Health) are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary," said the statement.--IANSrvt/in