Doctor highlights how heavy schoolbags are dangerous for children

Heavy schoolbags are affecting the children heavily and Deputy Medical Superintendent of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi raised a serious problem “affecting the growth of children.”

He has initiated a campaign to raise the dangers of lifting weighty schoolbags which are usually ignored by the parents.

“Being a doctor I want to point out a very sensitive and important issue regarding lifting of overweight (school bags) by majority of government and private schools,” Deputy Medical Superintendent said in his letter.

The Deputy Superintendent of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi noted the threats to the health of children due to heavy school bags.

“I observed in my routine practice that most of the children came to me complaining of stiff neck, shoulder pain and backache which may lead to server lumbago,” he stated.

“Thirty to 35% of growing children between the ages of five to 13 are suffering from severe backaches due to heavy lifting,” he told to a private news channel.

“I request you to take serious concern on this issue and take all possible measures and manage a system so that children have to carry only specific books needed as per daily time table,” he further said.

The Deputy Medical Superintendent said that the weight of school bags can be reduced by giving lesser homework and providing lockers in the schools so that the children could leave heavy books at school.

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