Primary school students benefit from free health camp

SILIGURI
18 May 2017

The Anshul Bansal Foundation organized a health check-up camp for students of the Balasan Colony Primary School at Tarijote, Matigara, near Siliguri, on Thursday.
A team of three doctors, including two pediatricians and an eye specialist, examined a total of 70 students of the school and some local boys and girls who had various problems. The children were given free medicines and vitamins, while they were overjoyed to get packets of glucose and watch small cartoons/movies that members of the Anshul Bansal Foundation showed them.
“A lot of the children here have eye problems, while we also detected some cases of heart ailments. This was just a general screening, and the event was a great success in that we were able to reach out to the people instead of them coming to us,” Dr Sanji Mala, the ophthalmologist, said.
The other doctors were Dr Shakti Moi Sen and Dr Irene Dey (both child specialists).
The headmaster of the school, Tapas Ghosh, was happy that something like the health camp happened in his school.
“The event was a very good one and very good for the children. We hope to have more such programs in the future,” he said.
Eight-year-old Sujit Barman of class three was in high spirits as he swept his classroom and the verandah to welcome members of the foundation early in the day. “Khub bhalo laglo, (it feels good)” he said in Bengali, as he, a self-proclaimed monitor, controlled other students around him.
Sumati Roy, a class four girl, said she does not have health problems as such, but she was glad that the doctors and the organization spared time and had them checked.
No sooner had the doctors wound up their work with the students, local women, clutching their little ones in their arms, came in droves. They all said they heard of the camp and came in hopes that the doctors would have their children examined too.
Anuja Rai Bansal, who founded the charity organization in the name of her nine-year-old son, who left the world due to kidney ailments last year, said the foundation aims to provide basic education to under-privileged children and empower women through various training skills. “We believe that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, unemployment or human rights, there is no better place to start than in the corridors of education,” she said. (EOIC)