A ‘slum doctor’ has put out a call for UK healthcare professionals to provide assistance for a number of diabetes clinics that have been set up in India . He is calling on doctors and nurses in this country to join an expedition to the Punjab this March to help local teams deal with the growing diabetes problems in the region.
Dr Vijay Bangar, a diabetes consultant from the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, Yorkshire, is working on the Slum Doctor Project, which originated in 2004 with a few small diabetes clinics based at the Baba Braham Dass High school in Phillaur.
Dr Bangar successfully led a group of six doctors and nurses to India last year, who were able to meet up with Indian healthcare colleagues to treat up to 1,000 patients at the camps every day, and now is looking for more volunteers this year to undertake a week’s work focused on diabetes treatments .
Dr Bangar commented “As well as giving life-saving treatment we have given people their sight back by removing cataracts and enabled patients to hear by fitting hearing aids .”
He added “This is a great opportunity for healthcare professionals to come to India and make a massive difference to the lives of people in urgent need of help.”

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