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Indian Health Camp of New Jersey reaches out to COVID victims and warriors with donations and education

Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit organization organizes annual fairs at various locations 4-5 times per year to benefit needy people in the South Asian community. Due to current pandemic and social distancing recommendations, the IHCNJ may not be able to organize any health fairs this year.  By keeping the public health and safety concerns in mind for the last few months, IHCNJ has been doing many activities virtually to include online interviews related to topics such as corona virus information and education, mental health and other chronic diseases education and awareness as part of their health promotion and disease prevention objectives.  In addition, the organization also donated personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks earlier in March and April when there was severe shortage and scarcity at the local hospitals in New Jersey.  The donations were graciously accepted by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset and Saint Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick.  As part of community outreach and efforts for healthier living, Indian Health Camp of New Jersey also committed to provide free COVID-19 FDA authorized antibody testing to 1,000 people in collaboration with Hematology & Oncology Care, Helping Hearts Foundation and Durham Pharmacy.  The ultimate goal is to identify people with positive antibody to create a list of plasma donors to help people who are critically ill in the hospital to reduce the number of deaths in the state.  Besides antibody testing, Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Bayshore Homecare Pharmacy at their one of the four HealthMart locations in New Jersey are providing free COVID-19 antigen testing to detect coronavirus infection without any waiting. 

For COVID-19 antigen testing, interested person or people who have symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat or body pains can visit the website at www.doineedacovid19test.com to register for nasal swab testing.  For antibody testing, interested individuals can call at 732-913-8500 to make an appointment for blood test.  For additional information about IHCNJ services during the pandemic, call Dr. Tushar Patel at 848-391-0499 or e-mail tpatel434@yahoo.com

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