BAPS Health Fair in Bartlett a big success

Patients being examined.

BARTLETT, IL: BAPS Charities dedicated April 2011 as Health Fair Month and organized a community health fair on Sunday, May 1 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL.

The health fair offered a range of services and information for children and adults. A number of volunteer healthcare specialists were involved including physicians, pharmacists, dentists and nurses. Specialists in the fields of cardiology, pediatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, dermatology, gastro-entrology, pulmonary and endocrinology were also on hand and in total, provided personal consultations to over 450 visitors. “I really enjoyed volunteering at this event; working alongside BAPS Charities reminds me of the reason I became a doctor – to help people,” said Dr Sherry Merchant.

All participants received preliminary physical examinations and had their blood pressure, blood sugar level and body mass index measured. “The dangers of undetected high blood pressure can be fatal,” said Dr Umang Patel, a healthcare physician who volunteered at the fair. “In the spirit of the saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure,’ BAPS Charities is educating individuals about potential risk factors and prevention methods to improve their quality of life.”

Two weeks prior to the health fair, a separate teddy bear clinic was held for younger children. Over 70 children sat in special sessions and were taught about healthy eating habits along with how to maintain good hygiene. They learned the proper techniques of brushing their teeth, the importance of washing one’s hands after sneezing, how to care for cuts and wounds, and handle emergency situations.

The BAPS Charities Health Fair at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL is one of over 40 such fairs which BAPS Charities organizes annually throughout North America. In total, over 2,500 health care professionals from local communities treated nearly 12,500 participants across the nation.

In India, BAPS Charities regularly provides treatment to villagers in remote areas and manages 9 charitable hospitals and 11 mobile medical vans, which have treated over 2 million patients to date.

Throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts health fairs, blood donation drives, flu vaccination drives, health awareness lectures, walkathons, education and career development seminars, disaster relief operations, blood drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families.

BAPS Charities is affiliated with BAPS as an independent charity and social services arm. The 55,000 BAPS volunteers networked in over 3,300 centers around the world provide over 12 million volunteer-hours of service annually.

Sandip Patel

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