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Maneka Gandhi for women non-teaching staff in schools

New Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Union minister Maneka Gandhi today suggested that drivers, conductors and non-teaching staff in schools should be women in order to prevent child sexual abuse.

The Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister said that her department has also approached the human resource development ministry in this regard.

Her statement comes in the backdrop of incidents of alleged sexual assaults on two minor students on the their school premises and murder of one of them.

“We have asked the HRD ministry, and it is in the Women’s Policy (draft) too, that drivers, conductors and non-teaching staff in a school should be women,” the Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister told PTI over phone.

The National Women’s Policy (Draft) was approved by a group of ministers, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in July and is pending before the Cabinet.

A seven year-old-student of Ryan International School, Gurgaon, was murdered allegedly by a school bus conductor for resisting an alleged sexual assault on Friday.

Yesterday, a five-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a peon in a private school in Shahdara.

A senior official in the WCD ministry said contractual staff at schools is an area of concern and they will be raising the issue with the HRD ministry.

The bus conductor at the Ryan International School was employed by a security agency whose services the school was taking on contractual basis.

The school has now cancelled the tie-up.

Early life sinusitis, pneumonia ups risk asthma in adulthood

Parents beware! Children who suffer from respiratory infections, especially colds and sinusitis from age six months to five years old, are at increased risk of developing asthma and worse lung function in later life, warns a study.

The findings indicated that children, who had had upper respiratory infections, such as colds,sinusitislaryngitistonsillitispharyngitis and otitis, by the age of five years, had a 1.5-fold increased risk of developing asthma in later life.

Children who had suffered from lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitisbronchiolitis,pneumonia and general chest infections, had a two-to four-fold increased risk of developing asthma in later life and were also more likely to have worse lung function.

Dr Evelien van Meel from the University Medical Centre in The Netherlands said, “These findings support the hypothesis that early-life respiratory tract infections may influence the development of respiratory illnesses in the longer term. In particular, lower respiratory tract infections in early lifeseem to have the greatest adverse effect on lung function and the risk of asthma.”

The team analysed data of 1,54,492 children from several European countries, who were born between 1989 and 2013.

The length of follow-up varied between groups, but ranged from birth until the age of four to 15 years.

The youngest children with lung function measurements were four-years-old and the oldest 15-years-old, with an average age of eight years.”

They found that upper respiratory tract infections were not associated with worse lung function in later life.

However, lower respiratory tract infections at almost all ages were associated with worse lung function.

“At the age of eight years, asthma is usually well established, as is lung function. Lung function in childhood is most likely related with lung function in adulthood,” van Meel added.

The study is presented at European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017. (ANI)

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