The Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA), one of the oldest journalists’ bodies in the country and an affiliate of the Indian Journalists’ Union (New Delhi), organised a successful free medical camp for its members and other scribes at the Press Club, Kolkata, on February 7, 2015. More than 150 journalists and members of the IJA participated in the programme where members were put through various tests by the medical team from AMRI Hospitals Limited, Eastern India’s fastest growing Healthcare Brand. The AMRI team, led by Mr. Sombrata Roy, vice-president – growth & development, and a charming Ms. Haimanti Gupta, assistant manager – growth & development, were present to conduct the camp along with two physicians and Para-medical staff.
Apart from undertaking a general health check-up, the medical team undertook random blood sugar, ECG and hepatitis B and C tests. The free medical check-up was inaugurated by hon’ble minister of development for Western Region, Dr. Sukumar Hansda. The minister stressed the need to take healthcare to the villages for the benefit of common people and asked the journalists to show the way in realising the adage, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ While thanking the minister for taking some time off his busy schedule and agreeing to come and inaugurate the camp, the IJA president, S. Sabanayakan, said the medical camp was one such effort to give something back to the society. He asked all its district units to come forward to hold medical camps on different healthcare subjects for the benefit of scores of journalists who are the backbone of the society. IJA general secretary, Sekhar Sengupta, in his welcome speech, highlighted IJA’s rich history and recalled its many good efforts in the past and elaborated the organisation’s future programme. Liver Foundation, West Bengal, held a lecture on common ailments affecting liver. Dr. Partha S. Mukherjee and Dr. Gautam Roy used audio-visual setup to explain many aspects of the organ. This was followed by a lively inter-active session on various issues related to liver, one of the strongest parts of the body. A five-member team from Liver Foundation was there to make the presentation.