Dibrugarh, Sept 26: Sangeetam, a socio-cultural organization, organized a health camp for the orphans and vulnerable as part of its annual outreach programme. Held at Prerona Children Home, a children care and protection home registered under the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act, 2016, the health camp meted out free health-check up to children as well as caretakers and teachers of the children home.
Eminent doctors, including former Joint Director of District Health and Family Welfare Department, Assam, Dr. Amrit Baruah; Assistant Professor at Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Sajid Ahmed; Dr. Taniya Sarkar Dutta and Dr. Atiqul Haque were present on the occasion and carried out the check-up.
The event was also attended by the chairman of the Child Welfare Committee of the Dibrugarh district, Dr. Dipam Baruah. Secretary of Sangeetam, Moitri Bhowmick informed The Sentinel that a total of 35 students and teachers were checked. She also said that most of them were having problems related to skin and tooth. Dr Ahmed, who is also the proprietor of a local nursing home named MF Hospital, announced during the event that the hospital would conduct pathology tests for all the beneficiaries for free. President of Sangeetam, Dr. Anjali Phukan said that the organization would keep holding similar programmes in the days to come.
Chairman of Prerona, Jyotsna Sonowal expressed her gratitude to Sanmeelan for choosing the children home for its outreach programme. She added that the children of the home, belonging to different socio-cultural and economic backgrounds, were in need of such a health camp. Sonowal also expressed a sense of disappointment at the scarcity of funds that the NGO was facing due to the cold response of the government, but was hopeful that things would soon change for the better.