In keeping with
the national Heart and Diabetes Awareness Week, the Akshar Health Committee
hosted a series of ethnic-specific seminars and screenings. A whole
host of volunteer medical professionals were on call to offer their
Exhibitors included the Diabetes UK, The British Heart Foundation, Surya
Foundation (Health & Fitness – Yoga) and professionals from
the fields of Optometry, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Dieticians.
The seminars proved very popular with visitors, the first of which was
on dietary modifications. Dieticians Salma Butt and Nosheen Sheik were
on hand to give ethnic-specific advice related to diabetes and heart
disease. The second run by Dr Kalpesh Besherdas was on managing diabetes.
Dr Deven Patel conducted the third seminar on Cardiology, focusing specifically
on recognising the early symptoms of heart disease. The final session
of the day was a plenary, chaired by Dr Bharat Patel and supported by
key health professionals involved in the management of diabetic and
cardiac patients. This was a question and answer session, providing
an excellent opportunity for the participants to ask questions and gain
an insight into their condition.
The BAPS Akshar Health Committee was extremely pleased with the numbers
who attended the various screenings. Visitors were screened for Blood
Pressure, Blood Glucose and BMI. Patients were also advised on medicines
management. In total, 202 people were screened and some 10% of those
had abnormal results which would require visiting their GPs for further
follow-up. Mr K Meru was in charge of delivering Basic Life Support
skills and over 30 people underwent training in CPR techniques.
Jean Gaffin, Chair of Brent PCT, was very impressed with the dedication
of the volunteers. She commented that she had not seen such a positive
response amongst the Asian community whenever similar seminars were
held by Brent PCT.