On Saturday 25th March a Health & Well being event was organized by Dr Pratibha Datta under the auspices of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Ilford. It was an interactive event presented by local GPs and other health professionals. The event was well received.
Eighty people attended the event. They ranged from the ages of 99 years to 17 years. Majority of them (75%) were between 79-50 years of age. Fifty six percent of them were women.
Dr Kanika Rai and Mrs Jane Burt presented cancer screening. They emphasized the importance of participating in colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening programs to improve survival from these cancers.
Dr Raj Kumar and Miss Mina Spatha gave a talk on anxiety and depression. These are common conditions and one in four of us suffer from them. The take home message was that if you need help all you need to do is ring the local Talking Therapies team or email them: 0300 555 1220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The service also provides interpreters if required.
Dr Anju Gupta and Dr Jyoti Sood held an interactive session on diabetes emphasizing the need for a healthy diet and exercise in the control of diabetes. People with diabetes should have an annual health check so that any likely complications from diabetes could be identified early and treated.
After the talks, people were encouraged to visit tables where further information on these topics was available from the GPs. There were also separate tables for exercise and yoga where people could find out about local programs. In addition a separate table on TB was set up to provide information as TB is an important health problem among people from the Indian sub continent.