Statesman News Service
Siliguri, 1 October
The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal, in collaboration with the state school education department, today organised a day-long training
programme on de-worming and iron-folic supplementation for adolescents in the Naxalbari block of the Siliguri sub-division at the
Naxalbari Rural Hospital in Naxalbari near Siliguri.
Over 30 teachers from various schools in the block as well as 10 selected and
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) supervisors were groomed on
various aspects of haemoglobin deficiencies in adolescents between 10 and 19 years of age by a team of experts comprising Dr Debashish Haldar, deputy chief medical officer (health)-III, Darjeeling district, Dr Tapash Mandal, block medical officer (health), Naxalbari block, District Public Health Nurse Mrs Mira Debnath, Senior Public Health Nurse Ms Moushumi Mandal and Block Public Health Nurse Mrs Krishnamayi Bala. 
Outlining the objective of the training programme, Dr Haldar said: “Almost 65 per cent of adolescents in India are anaemic. It leads to gynaecological problems in girls and loss of memory in both boys and girls.”
“As a result, they cannot concentrate on their studies and cut a sorry figure in examinations”, he further  said.
“Our aim is to give them iron-folic and albendazole tablets on a weekly and bi-yearly basis respectively to maintain the haemoglobin level in their blood and sustain their interest in studies,” Dr Halder  said.