The alumni of the 1972 batch of Uttarpara Government High School organised a health check-up for students of their alma mater on Sunday. The check-up revealed that 20 per cent of the students are obese and 30 per cent have eye problems they were unaware of. Among the doctors who examined 128 students from classes V to IX were alumni members Rabin Chakraborty (picture above), the director of the Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institutes, and Malay Ghoshal, a professor of psychiatry at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. The 80 old boys who call themselves 72 Soulmates also counselled parents.
“If we take the students we examined as a sample space, about 240 of the 2,400 boys in the school are too obese. After 10 years, when they reach 24 or 25, they may be suffering from cardiac problems, high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Chakraborty.
The 72 Soulmates said they were overwhelmed by the support received from headmaster Bishnupada Roy and others. The group will soon start career counselling for senior boys.