On Sunday, August 28, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a health screening and disease awareness and prevention fair was held at Durga Temple on 4240 Route 27, South Brunswick, NJ 08540. The health fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Durga Temple. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held this health fair for the fifth consecutive year at this location in South Brunswick township. This year it was organization’s 18th consecutive year of providing health screening services and to-date more than 10,000 people benefitted from this free health screening and disease prevention fair.



The health fair was attended by more than 125 people above the age of 40 who were uninsured or underinsured. The health screening services included blood test, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, cardiology, neurology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, chronic disease self-management for diabetes and stroke education, dietary counseling, pharmacy counseling, flu shots and many other ancillary services to pre-registered qualified participants. Various specialist physician including cardiologist, neurologist, internal medicine, ophthalmologist, endocrinologist 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 the support from various other health care organizations to include Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro from Joint Center, Cancer Center, Fitness Center, Breast Health Center, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Community Education and CPR and Rutgers University, NJ CEED program, NADI, SAMHIN, Walgreens and many other local and state organizations to provide education, screening and counseling on various chronic diseases.

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. IHCNJ dedicated committee members and volunteers and community activist Mahesh Advani and Mahesh Chitnis of Lions Club and his young volunteer team worked very hard to make this event a great success for the fifth consecutive year at Durga Temple. South Brunswick Township Councilman Joseph J. Camarota, Jr., Joe Horner, Rotary Club of Hillsborough, District Vice-President, Tulsi Mahajan, Rotary District President attended the event to extend their support for 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 2016 on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, NJ. The registration form to participate in this health fair will be available on organization 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 November 4, 2016. The influenza vaccination will be offered to qualified participants with a nominal administrative cost during the Secaucus temple health fair.

By: Dr. Tushar Patel