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Prevalence of Health Problems Targeted by the National School-Based Screening Program among Primary School Students in Saudi Arabia, 2019

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Public Health Department, Health Affairs, Jeddah 22246, Saudi Arabia
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General Administration of School Health, Ministry of Health, Riyadh 11176, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44519, Egypt
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General Directorate of Medical Consultation, Ministry of Health, Riyadh 11176, Saudi Arabia
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Family Medicine Department, College of Medicine, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh 11432, Saudi Arabia
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Primary Health Care, Assisting Deputyship for Primary Health Care, MOH, Riyadh 11176, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editors: Cristina Lidón-Moyano and Adrián González-Marrón
Healthcare 2021, 9(10), 1310; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101310
Received: 4 September 2021 / Revised: 27 September 2021 / Accepted: 28 September 2021 / Published: 30 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Health Challenges for Child and Adolescent)
The Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) established a National School-Based Screening Program (NSBSP) for health screening of schoolchildren. Students from specific grades were systematically screened for several health problems, including obesity, visual and auditory problems, dental cavities, scoliosis, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the prevalence of these health problems among primary school students based on secondary data obtained from the NSBSP. We included 444,259 screened school children from the first and fourth grades of 50% of the selected schools (both private and public) across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) during the academic year 2018–2019. Among them, the most prevalent health problems identified were dental cavities (38.7%), eye refractory errors (10.9%), and overweight and obesity (10.5%); the less prevalent problems included ADHD (2.81%), auditory problems (0.6%), and scoliosis (0.48%). A greater prevalence of most health problems was observed in girls more than boys. The NSBSP successfully aided the detection of health conditions with high and low prevalence among primary school students in the KSA, and thus, the identification of health problems of specific concern. Implementation of effective school health services for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these health problems are imperative. View Full-Text
Keywords: health status; national survey; KSA; school health; students health status; national survey; KSA; school health; students
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Al Daajani, M.M.; Al-Habib, D.M.; Ibrahim, M.H.; Al Shewear, N.A.; Fagihi, Y.M.; Alzaher, A.A.; Alfaleh, A.F.; Alabdulkareem, K.I. Prevalence of Health Problems Targeted by the National School-Based Screening Program among Primary School Students in Saudi Arabia, 2019. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101310

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Al Daajani MM, Al-Habib DM, Ibrahim MH, Al Shewear NA, Fagihi YM, Alzaher AA, Alfaleh AF, Alabdulkareem KI. Prevalence of Health Problems Targeted by the National School-Based Screening Program among Primary School Students in Saudi Arabia, 2019. Healthcare. 2021; 9(10):1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101310

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Al Daajani, Manal M., Dina M. Al-Habib, Mona H. Ibrahim, Nora A. Al Shewear, Yahya M. Fagihi, Abrar A. Alzaher, Amjad F. Alfaleh, and Khaled I. Alabdulkareem 2021. "Prevalence of Health Problems Targeted by the National School-Based Screening Program among Primary School Students in Saudi Arabia, 2019" Healthcare 9, no. 10: 1310. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101310

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