Free health fair targeting South Asian population held in New Jersey

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Over 100 people attended a free health fair organized by Indian Health Camp of New Jersey at Durga Mandir, in Princeton, NJ, on September 15, 2019. Seen here are some of the organizers, physicians and volunteers of the camp. Photo courtesy of the organizers.

Over 100 people attended a free health fair organized by Indian Health Camp of New Jersey at Durga Mandir, in Princeton, NJ, on September 15, 2019. Another health fair will be held at Secaucus temple on November 3, 2019.

The free health screening and disease awareness and prevention fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, in collaboration with Durga Mandir, for the seventh consecutive year.

The Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held this health fair for the 19th consecutive year to benefit needy people in the community.

The health fair was open to all pre-registered participants above the age of 40 without any medical insurance.

The health screenings 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, HIV testing and education, dietary counseling, pharmacy counseling, mental health screening and many other ancillary services.

The physicians, specialists, dentists, mental health providers and other allied health care professionals from various specialties of internal medicine, endocrine and neurology specialists,  ophthalmology, gynecology, physical therapy, psychiatrists, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, nurses, social workers and medical students provided their services on this day, targeted to the South Asian population.

The blood test reports will be reviewed by the physicians and mailed to all participants with a counseling note for any abnormal tests, according to a press release.

The dedicated team from the State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind provided thorough eye screening to qualified patients on these days to promote their noble cause of preventing blindness in the community.

Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are the leading cause of blindness prevalent in South Asians due to complications from uncontrolled diabetes. The blood test services were provided by Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs.

The management of Durga Temple and dedicated community physician and trustee Dr. Rajesh Sachdeo provided excellent resources and support to make this health fair a huge success.  South Brunswick LEO Club young students and Princeton Visionary Lions Club also provided excellent volunteer service.  Breakfast, tea, coffee and lunch were provided by Durga Temple for all participants and volunteers.

The next health fair of Indian Health Camp of NJ will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 201 Penhorn Avenue, Secaucus, NJ 07061.    The registration form to participate in this health fair will be available in the near future on organization web site at www.IHCNJ.org.   The completed registration form can be mailed to IHCNJ, P.O. Box 5686, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 on or before the deadline of  October 25, 2019.

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