Indian Health Camp of New Jersey organized a Health Fair

Eye check up of a patient while others wait for their turn
Eye check up of a patient while others wait for their turn

SOUTH BRUNSWICK , NJ (TIP): A health screening and disease awareness and prevention fair was held at Durga Temple  in South Brunswick  on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The health fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Durga Temple.

The health fair was attended by more than 150 people above the age of 45 without any medical insurance. The health screening services included blood test, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, cardiology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, chronic disease self management via ask your doctor, diabetes and stroke education, dietary counseling, pharmacy counseling and many other ancillary services to pre-registered qualified participants. Various specialist physician including cardiologist, neurologist, internal medicine, ophthalmology and other allied health care professionals including physical therapist, dietitian, pharmacist, nurses, medical students, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, social workers and other non-medical volunteers and students in large numbers provided their self-less services to screen and educate patients on diabetes, hypertension, cardiac diseases, high cholesterol, various types of cancer screening and education and other chronic debilitating diseases specifically targeted to the South Asian population. The blood test reports will be reviewed by the physicians and mailed it to all participants with a counseling note, if any abnormalities are detected in the test.

The State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind dedicated team provided eye screening to qualified participants to promote their noble cause of preventing blindness in the communities in the state. The screening included glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy which is prevalent in Indian population and leading cause of diminished vision and blindness. Under the clinical and administrative leaderships of Dr. Ashok Patel and Dr. Tushar Patel, the activities were very well organized to bring support from various other health care organizations to include Robert wood Johnson University Hospital, Rutgers University, SATHI, Middlesex County Dept. of Health, Param Health Care, NJ CEED program, Manavi and many other local and state organizations. Ritesh Shah of Bayshore Pharmacy provided patient education presentation on effective diabetes management which is prevalent in South Asians and is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality.

Nash Khan of Garden State Imaging from Hamilton, NJ in collaboration with NJ CEED provided breast cancer screening services and registered patients for free mammogram which will be scheduled in October 2015. Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs and his dedicated lab team provided basic blood test services on this day. The highlight of the health fair was large number of student volunteers helping from the set up to taking vital signs, doing EKGs and many other services. An example of a wonderful teamwork was seen during this health fair without any chaos or mismanagement. The dedicated management team under the leadership of Dr. Rajesh Sachdeo provided second to none hospitality and support to make this event flawless and a huge success. Mahesh Advani and his volunteer team worked very hard for the past few months to make this event a great success for the fourth consecutive year at Durga Temple. South Brunswick Township Councilman Joseph J. Camarota, Jr., School Board members Deven Patel and Azra Baig attended the event to extend their support to this noble cause and appreciated IHCNJ team and volunteers to bring this event for the needy people in South Brunswick and surrounding areas and extended their support for the future events.

Indian Health Camp of New Jersey will hold their last health fair of 2015 on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, NJ. The registration form to participate in this health fair will be available on organization web site at or Gujarat Darpan and Tiranga newspaper in the near future. The completed registration form can be mailed to IHCNJ, P.O. Box 5686, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 on or before the deadline of October 23, 2015.

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