At AES, we work hard to help all our community members – students, faculty, staff, and parents – make healthy choices and create policies and guidelines that allow us all to be safe and happy. Air Quality is certainly a topic of much discussion in Delhi, and the school has made improvements to its indoor air handling systems to ensure the best possible air in our learning and working spaces. Child protection is another issue we take very seriously. We have steps in place to make sure our community is a safe and nurturing place to be.
Our on campus Health Office is staffed by medical professionals who provide professional, knowledgeable and caring communication, support and service to the students, faculty and staff in the promotion of health and wellness. The doctor, nurses and staff are committed to the delivery of high quality medical and nursing care. We offer care to our AES community in the following ways:
• first aid and emergency care
• crisis preparedness
• maintenance of health records
• education of students, faculty and parents
• disseminating information on communicable illness
• prevention of illness
• referral of individuals to resources in the community for health care or services.
In partnership with administrators, parents, faculty, counselors and students, we strive to provide holistic care and develop the concept of lifelong wellness while honoring the cultural diversity that we embrace and celebrate at AES
Living in India presents some unique health and wellness considerations. Below is some information on several health topics you may want to be informed of prior to your arrival in India.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral illness, which occurs primarily during the rainy (monsoon) months from August to October.
It is important to prevent mosquito bites by using repellant throughout the day. The prevention of dengue fever requires control or eradication of the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes dengue. This means limiting standing water where they breed. AES regularly treats the campus during high dengue season.
See a physician if you think you have dengue for proper diagnosis and treatment.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent dengue fever.
Digestive complaints, such as nausea, gas, bloating, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea are not uncommon, particularly amongst new arrivals. Typically this is from contaminated food or water. Many of these symptoms can be avoided by doing the following:
- Wash your hands before eating or preparing food. Make sure you wash after sneezing or coughing into the hands and after using the toilet (or at other times when the hands may have become soiled).
- Do not eat from any street vendor or place where you do not feel confident that the food has been properly cleaned and prepared.
- Use a fruit and vegetable wash at home before preparing food or eating fresh vegetables.
- Cook food properly and thoroughly.
- Only drink water that has been purified properly or bottled water in which the caps are properly sealed. (clean drinking water is available throughout campus for students to fill water bottles0
If you experience fever, persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea that lasts over 24 hours, see blood in vomit or stool and feel weakness and dizziness, you may need to go to an Emergency Room or see a physician.
India is a country of extreme heat, sun and humidity. Dehydration occurs when the body does not get enough water OR there is excessive loss of water due to sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. The initial response to dehydration is thirst and concentrated (dark colored) urine, followed by abdominal or muscle cramps, heart palpitations, weakness, and dizziness. With severe dehydration there is confusion and weakness, followed by coma (which may lead to death).
The best way to prevent dehydration and heat-related problems (such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke) is to drink enough water. Children may need up to one liter a day. Adults will require at a minimum two liters a day, with an additional liter for those who are having increased sweating or loss of fluids.
If excessive water loss is occurring, it is best to replace both water AND electrolytes with Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), Pedialyte, Gatorade, Powerade, etc.