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A “Free Community Health Awareness Camp” organized for the Nepali Speaking Bhutanese community in Western Massachusetts was successfully held on October 31st, 2015 Saturday at 128 Park Street in West Springfield, MA. The camp was jointly organized by the Hindu Sanatan Sewa Samaj (HSSS), Inc. and the Sewa International USA. The Caring Health Center (CHC) also supported the program by providing dental kits and sending a team of representative speakers from Dental and the Diabetic Clinics
In the first phase, participants were divided into six different groups and were taught how to do a self-administered blood pressure check. The youth volunteers of HSSS Biraj Adhikari, Bhumika Giri, Muna Baniya, Raman Khanal, Joshna Adhikari, Pratima Kafley, Muna Chamlagai, Bidur Adhikari, Bandana Adhikari, Anjali Thapa, Pabitra Adhikari assisted in checking participants’ blood pressure. Medical assistant from Caring Health Center (CHC), Ms. Diana Markham also volunteered to help the participants check their own blood pressure.
Dr. Sarvalaxmi Kurella of UMASS Memorial Hospital did a presentation on various health problems and dietary control. She also recommended that participants who have elevated blood pressure see their primary care doctors for further evaluation.
In the second phase the Diabetic Specialist Bonnie Paddleford, PA from CHC did a PowerPoint presentation on symptoms of diabetes, treatment plans and medication adherence. She encouraged the participants not to overlook symptoms and to apply early intervention measures. - More -
CHC Supports Free Health Awareness Camp
Caption: Bonnie Paddleford, Diabetic Specialist talking about diabetes management. Bhuwan Gautam/CHC
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