Availability and effectiveness of school health services in selected secondary schools in mwingi district kitui county, Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education Open and Distance Learning
The school is seen as a unique position for promoting constructive values to the young students. Health living is one of the values which any given education system must impart to its learners. The school should thus undertake the responsibility of fostering understanding the role of health programmes in which a couple of health services will be offered .A good school health programme will thus contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the health of students and the school fraternity as a whole. In this study which focused on the availability and effectiveness of school health services in Kenya, the researcher intended to find out how effectively the schools were offering health services to their learners. The study’s general objective was: To correlate between the availability and effectiveness of school health services in 23 selected secondary schools in Mwingi district, Kitui County, Kenya. Although not so much literature is available from direct studies done in other literature on the same subject, there is still little literature on child health related issues such literature was found relevant and where necessary quoted in this book. The major findings of this study where that health services are generally not being satisfactorily offered in our schools. The key areas in the expected health care package in school which rated very low in the effectiveness assessment included: Enough nurses, referral services, attendance to students complains. It is therefore recommended that all schools should have a minimum arrangement of health services and the government through the line departments in the relevant ministries such as Ministry of health, Ministry of education science and technology (MOEST), should effectively support the schools to develop and maintain an effective school health programme.
A thesis presented to the College of Higher Degrees and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master in Educational Management and Administration
school health services, secondary schools, mwingi district, Kenya