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Matri Raksha Launched By Rotary Club of Salt Lake Metropolitan Kolkata Alongwith Rotary Club of
Nidau Biel, Switzerland

News Desk, News Nation 360: Under the flagship program of government of India titled Anaemia Mukt Bharat, children and pregnant women are already covered. Matri Raksha – An Initiative To Identify And Treat Women Suffering From Anaemia Launched By Rotary Club of Salt Lake Metropolitan Kolkata Alongwith Rotary Club of Nidau Biel, Switzerland. A large vulnerable group of non pregnant women of 19 - 70 years still need to be identified and treated. ‘Matri Raksha’ aims to reach out to this vulnerable group. The inaugural camp was held recently at DA Block, Salt Lake. Shri Sujit Bose, Minister Fire & Emergency, Govt of WB along with Rotary District Governor Prabir Chatterjee & District Rotary Foundation Committee Anirudh Roychoudhary, Directorate General of Employment; Ajay Law and Rotary International President Sekhar Mehta were present during the inaugural ceremony. Around 144 patients got registered where they had their Blood pressure, Blood sugar and Haemoglobin tested by paramedic team from ILS Hospitals. They also received a check-up by Rotarian doctors Dr Aruna Tantia, Dr Shaktirupa Chakroborty, Dr Chitra Ray and Dr Suranjan Chakroborty aided by President  Archana, Secretary Kusum, Ashok Aurana and IK Bagri. Free Iron supplements were provided to all patients by the club along with deworming and educational booklet in vernacular language informing about food iron values and recipe to make iron rich food. All patients will be checked up on a monthly basis till one year and will be given monthly medicine and further treatment, if required. Dr Aruna Tantia, Director & Consultant Surgeon, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, ILS Hospitals stated that West Bengal has 49% women in rural and urban poor pockets suffering from Anaemia. Chronic Anaemia is responsible for short height and low birth weight babies and chronic fatigue in affected women. Their camp threw astonishing statistics of more than 93% women having Haemoglobin below 10 gm%. She feels privileged to be a part of this unique initiative. It is a great feeling of satisfaction to help these vulnerable women. Total fifty camps will be held in various areas of North & South 24 Parganas in association with local government and health centres.

Report : Anustup Kundu