Grown-up problems at Childhood Planet exhibition
The issue of child health will be a key theme of the business programme at the Childhood Planet exhibition, which is taking place in St. Petersburg on 28–31 March.
It is no coincidence that a conference entitled ‘The Health of Schoolchildren: Options for Interagency Interaction’, organised through the St. Petersburg division of the Union of Paediatricians of Russia, is at the very top of the event’s agenda. According to statistics, only 5.23% of young people in St. Petersburg are in Health Group I, which is the Russian classification indicating normal health and physical function. The remainder of the city’s schoolchildren are already, at quite a young age, suffering from diseases affecting the digestive organs, the musculoskeletal system, and the eyes, amongst others. Specialists believe that only the joint efforts of the various agencies, united by the goal of maintaining and improving children’s health, can bring about the desired result. Government officials, teachers, doctors, psychologists, and community nutrition workers will therefore meet to discuss the problem.
For the first time, the subject of preventive measures for diseases classed as ‘socially dangerous’, such as HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and drug addiction, will be discussed as part of the exhibition’s programme. In addition, at the conferences and round tables on child health, specialists will discuss issues relating to children’s safety, leisure activities, vocational education, and social development.
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