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Region 2 - Health Awareness Clinic

With the Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, once again, a Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day took place at The Botwell Leisure Centre in Hayes on Saturday 13th September 2014. This day was organised by Hillingdon Community Health, part of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation UK.

The purpose of this Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day was to provide free general health checks and health advice to all people from all walks of life, with the main objectives being:

• To increase the awareness of commonly occurring diseases.
• To increase the awareness of healthy lifestyle options and disease prevention.
• To increase the awareness of local National Health Services.

The services were provided lovingly by Health Care professionals comprising of two GPs, 1 Optometrist, five nurses together with other healthcare professionals and supported along side smiling faces and helping hands of general volunteers were: Checking Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar levels. Individuals who took these health checks had their results explained to them by a qualified Nurse. Also available was GP advice on health concerns and issues, Eye examinations with detailed easy to understand feed back from the Optometrist and a Diabetes Risk Assessment with advice given on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. Finally, in addition to these services were three separate stalls manned by caring professionals raising awareness and providing information on Bowel Cancer, Tuberculosis and Smoking Cessation.

Over 215 people visited the event with nearly 650 consultations. Eleven visitors were referred to their GPs as well as a further five to see the opticians.

Another service which was not planned to be a part of the Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day, but seemed most certainly planned by our Dear Lord for his children, was story telling. The stories were told to the children, by a volunteer who runs a nursery, whilst they waited for their parents/guardian to have their eyes examined.

Many Individuals who had their health checks did not originally set out to do so. They were lovingly approached by caring volunteers who made them aware of the services that were being provided and were then invited to take the various health checks. The overall feedback from the general public was that they appreciated the services being provided as they were free of charge, readily available to everyone and with the added bonus of not having to make an appointment. They mentioned that the Health Care Professionals conveyed information in clear, simple language that they could understand. They commented on being more aware of the importance of having a regular health check and enquired as to when the next Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day in Hayes would take place, so that they could spread the word to their family and friends to attend.

As the day came to an end it was clear to see that Sathya Sai Health Awareness Days provide a valuable means for local people to access Health Care Professionals, have a general health check, and increases awareness in the community of commonly occurring diseases and their prevention before it is too late.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Instead of treating people after the onset of disease, it is better to ensure that they do not fall ill at all.” With this in mind, we the team at the Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day in Hayes pray to our Dearest Swami that the day contributed in doing just this.

Ms Chetna Mistry,
Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Wembley