Zuma launches school health programme

President Zuma hopes that the school health programme will help pupils get better treatment.

President Jacob Zuma.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday launched the Integrated School Health Programme.

The project will bring primary healthcare services and advice to the country's 12 million pupils.

Earlier on Thursday, Zuma visited the Chipa-tabane Secondary School in Refilwe near Cullinan.

He said school pupils will have their eyes, ears and level of nutrition examined.

Learners will also receive advice from trained medical professionals.

He said teenagers will receive information to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but they can also obtain contraceptives and HIV tests.

The programme is partly funded by the European Union (EU) and will see nearly 100 mobile clinics screening pupils at various institutions.

Zuma said the programme will be rolled out at no-fee schools first.

The president urged parents to support the project, which hopes to alleviate the burden on the healthcare system.