Flood aftermath: 275 reopened schools unhygienic, unfit for students

Flood aftermath: 275 reopened schools unhygienic, unfit for students

Srinagar: As many as 275 schools, spread across seven districts of Kashmir Valley and mostly run by government, are unhygienic and unfit for students to study.
The figures were revealed Tuesday by Deputy Secretary to Government Health and Medical Education Department, Dr Des Raj Bhagat, in a status report filed in compliance to the orders of the High Court regarding cleanness and hygienic conditions of the schools thrown open after devastating floods last month.
As per the report, filed on the basis of information furnished by Director Health Services Kashmir and following inspection by Chief Medical Officers concerned, the southern Kulgam district, with 91 schools, tops the list of unhygienic educational institutions.
Another southern district, Pulwama, has 52 schools which are not fit for students to study based on hygiene. Among them, 44 fall in Pampore and eight in Tral block, Dr Bhagat said.
In the two remaining south Kashmir districts—Anantnag and Shopian—33 and 12 schools, respectively, have been declared as unhygienic by the Health Department.
Srinagar, one of the worst flood-hit districts, has 50 schools which have been declared unfit by the Health Department.
In neighbouring central Budgam district, 17 schools—15 in Chattergam and two in Chandoora block—have been declared unfit.
Similarly, in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, the Health Department has declared 20 schools unfit for the students to study.
The report has drawn blank about vaccination, chlorination or spraying of phenyl in the flood-hit schools across the districts except Shopian.
The Deputy Secretary’s report, as per senior Additional Advocate General J A Kawoosa who represents the Health Department, was not complete as reports of many other schools are still awaited.

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