Itanagar, April 23: The majority of the children and women living in border villages of Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh have reportedly been found suffering from malnutrition, worm infection and vitamin deficiencies.
The Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP), which conducted a series of free medical camps in various border villages in the district from 16 to 21 April, stated that most of the patients who attended the camps were found to be suffering from malnutrition and worm infection – especially children below eight years.
As many as 800 patients attended the medical camps, which were organized at Chanu, Konnu, Kamhua Noknu, and Wakka villages, the Parishad stated.
While the women were detected with iron, calcium and vitamin (A, B1 and D) deficiencies, the children were found to be suffering from night blindness due to Vitamin A deficiency, the AVP said.
It urged the State government to take immediate steps to address the health problems.
The AVP’s State medical in-charge Dr RB Mishra and State joint organizing secretary Suneel Kumar led the medical camps, which were organized in collaboration with the AVP’s Longding unit.