Health screening and disease awareness and prevention fairs were held at Swaminarayan temple at Weehawken, NJ and Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) at Bridgewater, NJ on May 21 and June 4, 2017. The health fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with both temples. More than 200 people participated in the health fairs. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held these health fairs for the 19th consecutive year to benefit needy people in the community. Next year, IHCNJ will celebrate their 20th anniversary, a big milestone of their dedicated community service for south Asians. IHCNJ will also hold health fairs at Durga Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, Secaucus and their newer location in Marlton, South Jersey in August, November and December 2017.
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 to more than 200 pre-registered qualified participants.
The physicians, specialists, dentists, mental health providers and other allied health care professionals from various specialties of internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, gynecology, urology, physical therapy, psychologist, dietary and nutritional specialist, pharmacist, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, nurses, social workers and medical students provided their services on this day 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 were reviewed by the physicians and mailed it to all participants with a counseling note for any abnormal tests. 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. The blood test services were provided by Accurate Diagnostic Labs and Lab Corp.
Indian Health Camp of NJ and their dedicated committee members, students and other volunteers provided their self-less and dedicated service to support the health fairs on both days. The management of both temples provided excellent resources to make these fairs a huge success. The young student volunteers provided excellent services from early morning to the end. The delicious breakfast, tea, coffee and lunch were provided by Balaji Temple for all participants and volunteers.
The next health fair for Indian Health Camp of NJ will be organized on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Durga Temple in South Brunswick, NJ. The registration form to participate in this health fair is available on organization web site at www.IHCNJ.orgor Gujarat Darpan and Tiranga magazines. The completed registration form can be mailed to IHCNJ, P.O. Box 5686, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 on or before the deadline of July 31, 2017.