'No Child Without,' a new program run by the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, is open to children up to 14 years of age. It now waives the fees for subscribing to the service and for procuring the special bracelet or medallion.
Medic Alert protection is free for children with medical problems such as allergies, asthma and diabetes in participating elementary schools.
According to this foundation about five per cent of children studying in Canadian schools are afflicted by medical conditions that require Medic Alert protection. 'Children with medical conditions are at risk whenever they leave their home,' Medic Alert President and CEO Martin Kabat said in a statement.
'(We want to give) every student in every school the full protection of MedicAlert (and) our mission is to deliver this free to all these students.'
Medic Alert will provide relevant information of people with serious medical conditions to a central registry. Members will receive an identifiable bracelet or medallion. Significant information including an ID and 24-hour emergency hotline numbers engraved on these, will aid a student during emergencies.
'This initiative will make a positive difference in the lives of the families who rely on the Medic Alert bracelet,' said Jim Watson, the Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion, about the new program.