SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – More than 150 people attended a health fair at the Durga Temple on Route 27 Sunday, organizers said.
The fair, sponsored by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, gave screenings to people above age 45 who did not have health insurance, according to a press release from the group.
Those screenings included blood tests, blood pressure, EKGs, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and various forms of cancer, the release said.
The camp also provided information and education on disease prevention and chronic illnesses.
According to the release, 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 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 State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind team provided eye screening to qualified participants to promote its cause of preventing blindness in the communities in the state.
The screening included glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy which is prevalent in the Indian population and a leading cause of diminished vision and blindness.
Under the clinical and administrative leaderships of Dr. Ashok Patel and Dr. Tushar Patel, the activities were 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, according to the organization.
Nash Khan of Garden State Imaging from Hamilton, in collaboration with NJ CEED, provided breast cancer screening services and registered patients for free mammogram, which will be scheduled in October.
Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs and his 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, according to the release.
The Indian Health Camp of New Jersey will hold their last health fair of 2015 on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus.
The registration form to participate in this health fair will be available on the organization’s web site at www.IHCNJ.org 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 Oct. 23.
The influenza vaccination will be offered to qualified participants with a nominal administrative cost during the Secaucus temple health fair.
South Brunswick Township Councilman Joseph J. Camarota, Jr., and Board of Education members Deven Patel and Azra Baig, attended the event to show their support to this cause and appreciated IHCNJ team and volunteers to bring this event for the needy people in South Brunswick, according to the release.