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Indian Health Camp of New Jersey Continues to Provide Support During Pandemic
Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group in collaboration with Balaji Temple in Bridgewater & Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick hel COVID-19 vacc ine drives
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- Indian Health Camp of New Jersey – IHCNJ, a non-profit organization under tax-exempt code 501© (3) organized COVID-19 Vaccine drives at Balaji Temple in Bridgewater on May 1, 2021 and Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick on May 8, 2021, where about 100 people received vaccinations offered by Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group – Bayshore and Ramtown Pharmacy. During this unprecedented time of public health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic which affected millions of Americans and more than 580,000 people succumbed to the illness in the USA, IHCNJ continued to provide their services in the community since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. Both temple management and their volunteers provided their support and services to this worthy cause.
South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley, Deputy Mayor Joe Camarota, former Mayor of Montgomery Township Sadaf Jaffer and South Brunswick School Board Member Joyce Mehta were among the elected officials who attended the vaccine drive to extend their support to Indian Health Camp of New Jersey’s continued efforts of community health outreach.
A proclamation from South Brunswick Mayor and Council was presented during the vaccine drive on May 8, 2021. Ritesh Shah, owner of four independent pharmacies in Central Jersey and CEO of Legacy Pharmacy Group, a group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies has been practicing pharmacy in New Jersey for more than 20 years. When COVID-19 hit the U.S. in 2020, he and his team began setting up testing stations in their pharmacies and other locations in the communities. To date, Legacy Pharmacy Group have tested more than 250,000 people and even before New Jersey pharmacists got access to vaccines, Mr. Shah had pre-registered nearly 100,000 individuals for them. A long-time public health advocate, Shah has relationships with NJ State Health Department officials and lawmakers and spends a good deal of his time educating them about the needs of his patients.
In October 2020, Mr. Shah received a commendation from the Governor of New Jersey, a state Senator and the General Assembly for his efforts in helping educate the public, testing for COVID-19 and helping prevent the spread of the disease. “We are all in this together,” Mr. Shah said. “As pharmacists, we must do all it takes to make our communities safer. It’s not only our responsibility, it’s an obligation.”
Dr. Mona Mody, Dr. Prema Prasad, Asha Shah, Shirish Parekh, IHCNJ Vice President, Avani Patel and Peggy Rizzo of Ramtwon Pharmacy and Nelly Fuzaylov and Aleena Mehdi of Bayshore Pharmacy extended their services during the vaccine drive.
IHCNJ has been serving communities by organizing many activities virtually to include online interviews on TV and radio and education via articles and social media platforms related to current topics of COVID-19, 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 2020 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 provided free COVID-19 FDA authorized antibody testing to hundreds of people in collaboration with Hematology & Oncology Care, Helping Hearts Foundation and Durham Pharmacy.
For additional information about IHCNJ services during the pandemic or any assistance in getting the vaccine or testing, call Dr. Tushar Patel at 848-391-0499, e-mail [email protected] or Ritesh Shah at 732-766-0546 or e-mail [email protected]