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People of Vaseikai village in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram attending free medical camp organised by Assam Rifles on February 5. Photo: S Hmar

The 23rd Sector Assam Rifles organised a free medical camp at a remote village of Vaseikai in the southern Lawngtlai district as a part of its civic action programme on February 5.

Reports reaching here said as many as many as 551 people were given free medical treatment and free medicine at this remote village. Vaseikai village in Lawngtlai, which borders Bangladesh in the west, is one of the most backward regions in Mizoram and is lacking in basic health amenities.

The free medical camp was inaugurated by the village council president Parmo Kantitong on February 5. People seeking medical help from the adjoining villages flocked the camp from early morning and the camp was closed after dark. A total number of 326 males, 330 females and 155 paediatric cases were treated at the camp.

Assam Rifles chief medical officer Dr Partha Chetia of 1 AR and 148 Bn BSF doctor Dr Paritosh Verma examined the villagers.

Lawngtlai district is one of the eight districts of Mizoram in India. The district is bounded on the north by Lunglei district, on the west by Bangladesh, on the south by Myanmar and on the east by Saiha district. Due to its geographical remoteness the region lacks basic infrastructures in several sectors; infant mortality rate is the highest in Mizoram with 29 during 2016-2017.

The inhabitants of the district are mainly the ethnic groups of tribals like Lai and Chakma, who are among the minor tribal communities of Mizoram. The main occupation is cultivation and the rural population largely depends on agriculture for their subsistence.

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