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A massive check-up drive for sanitation workers was organised on Tuesday by the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the National Health Mission (NHM).
Hundreds of vulnerable frontline workers were immunised against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis and were screened for non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
“This section of workers, due to their nature the job, is more vulnerable. They are also engaged in COVID duties. So a special campaign for their immunisation at their doorsteps has been arranged,” says Dr Jaiswal, the Mission Director of NHM.
He added that with the immunisation, antibody test against COVID-19 was also done simultaneously.
Babul Das, who is a garbage collector says, “Every moment, there is life risk in my job; not only for me but my family members as well. The risk factor has increased several folds during the ongoing pandemic. So the immunisation camp is of great benefit.”
The AMC workers got free health check-up and were provided with health cards, said AMC Commissioner Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal.