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Junior docs to visit Raipur

Siliguri, July 13: Interns and junior doctors of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and North Bengal Dental College and Hospital will conduct a two-day survey in Raipur Tea Estate on July 19 and 20.

They will conduct the survey to find out nutritional deficiencies that have led to several diseases among the tea garden workers and their family members.

“Around 15 to 20 junior doctors and interns will visit Raipur tea estate. We will talk to the residents and gather information about items in their diet and record the deficiencies. The information we gather, will be furnished to authorities of NBDCH and NBMCH so that it can be forwarded to the state health department,” said Apurva Mondal, an intern at NBMCH.

Last month, six persons, including two newborns, had died within a span of a week in Raipur purportedly because of malnutrition. The tea estate, then shut, has got a new owner.

“The junior doctors and interns organise a number of free medical services as part of our service camp and the visit to Raipur is part of that,” Mondal said. The doctors of NBMCH and NBDCH have organised free medical and dental check-up camps on the closed Red Bank Tea Estate in Banarhat of the Dooars and in Fulbari High School near Siliguri.