The third Indian Diaspora Health Summit was held on October 12, 2019, at TV Asia Auditorium in Edison, NJ. The meet was organized by GOPIO International Health Council, The Consulate General of India in New York, and TV Asia, with support from Indian Health Camp of NJ, Princeton Lions Club and Central Jersey Business Organization.
Deputy Consul General of India in New York Shatrughna Sinha attended the event as a Chief Guest along with CEO and Chairman of TV Asia Padma Shri Dr. H.R. Shah, Piscataway Township Councilman Kapil Shah, health professionals and community leaders from various organizations.
The summit included comprehensive discussions on medical, dental, mental health, alternative medicine, life-style modifications and wellness and yoga sessions from various renowned experts from the Tristate area.
The GOPIO Health Council recognized and awarded four leaders in their respective fields for their contribution as well as for promoting health awareness among the Indian Diaspora in the community.
The awardees were Rahul Shukla, CEO, S.S. White Technologies & Shukla Medical – For achievement and contributions in manufacturing latest medical equipment; Hitesh Bhatt, Bhatt Foundation Inc. – achievement and contributions in health care technology; Padma Shri H.R. Shah, Chairman & CEO, TV Asia – for promoting health awareness among the Indian Diaspora and Sabinsa Corporation – for achievement and contributions in health supplements.
GOPIO Health Council Chair Dr. Tushar Patel said at the meet that access to care, especially preventive health care, is the biggest challenge for South Asian community. Early detection and timely intervention for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and many types of cancer brings overall positive outcome and reduce long term complications and help in healthier living.
Sinha mentioned in his speech that “we have vulnerabilities in terms of our genetic makeup and our earliest problems were access to healthcare and insurance for healthcare but now the number of doctors in India are reducing, so we have created more medical schools to fix this.” He briefed the gathering about various initiatives taken by the Government of India in the health sector. He also spoke about opportunities for investments in India’s health sector.
The health summit concluded with 45 minutes of yoga, meditation and breathing exercise session from Dr. Aparna Chawla of Art of Living Foundation.
The entire health summit lasted more than seven hours with various experts from medical, dental, mental health and alternative care specialists in attendance for the second consecutive year.