Hindu temple Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, hosts TB screening

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A Hindu temple is opening its doors for people to get a free TB test as part of a London-wide study.

The Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, is calling on members of the community to take advantage of the free service.

Public Health England is currently running a study into a new test for latent tuberculosis, which can lie dormant in a person’s system for years.

Anyone who has travelled to a country with high tuberculosis rates within the past five years can be tested for free.

Research assistant Louise Cross, who has been testing members of the temple for the past two months, said: “I am really impressed with the response we have had so far.

“The main reason we are trialling a new test for latent TB is because cases are increasing rapidly among people who have been exposed when they have travelled abroad.”

The study, which is being carried out with the support of Queen Mary University of London, aims to test 10,000 people across London.

The temple's spiritual leader Dr Rajeshji Parmar said: “For me this temple is here for the whole community to use as well as being a place of worship.

“We decided to let the screening take place here to because we want to make sure it is as easy for people to get tested.”

The test involved taking a small amount of blood and results are then forwarded on to the patient and their GP.

Anyone who may have travelled to countries including India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Thailand and large parts of the African continent can get tested.

Those interested in getting tested can do so at the temple every Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm to 2pm and people can call the temple on 0208 426 0678.

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2:26pm Sun 18 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is an extremely sensible and practical way to find out if anyone who has been to the countries mentioned might be carrying TB which is latent.

The International Siddhashram Shakti Centre is setting new standards for many to follow.The temple is doing excellent service(seva) for the whole community and is leading the way for our Faith organisations to open our doors to include ALL our communities --be it for initiatives such as free TB testing (for a new test being developed to discover latent TB) or holding surgeries with full support from our local Police to enhance the safety of local citizens.

This is commendable and a great way to be inclusive of our diverse population and spread benefits to all citizens equally.Wish the temple every success in promoting the welfare of all Harrovians.
This is an extremely sensible and practical way to find out if anyone who has been to the countries mentioned might be carrying TB which is latent. The International Siddhashram Shakti Centre is setting new standards for many to follow.The temple is doing excellent service(seva) for the whole community and is leading the way for our Faith organisations to open our doors to include ALL our communities --be it for initiatives such as free TB testing (for a new test being developed to discover latent TB) or holding surgeries with full support from our local Police to enhance the safety of local citizens. This is commendable and a great way to be inclusive of our diverse population and spread benefits to all citizens equally.Wish the temple every success in promoting the welfare of all Harrovians. Sonoo Malkani
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7:24pm Mon 19 May 14

jackdaw says...

This is a good idea because the earlier this illness is detected the greater chance of the treatment being successful,
This is a good idea because the earlier this illness is detected the greater chance of the treatment being successful, jackdaw
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7:42pm Mon 19 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

It would be most useful if any of you reading had contacts and could help spread the message.As Jackdaw has pointed out,this is about helping the health of members of our community.It's for everybody's good.
It would be most useful if any of you reading had contacts and could help spread the message.As Jackdaw has pointed out,this is about helping the health of members of our community.It's for everybody's good. Sonoo Malkani
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6:55am Thu 22 May 14

diligaf says...

If people from this background disnt spit khat and other stuff everywhere there would be no need for this, we nearly erradicated this in the uk
If people from this background disnt spit khat and other stuff everywhere there would be no need for this, we nearly erradicated this in the uk diligaf
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3:11pm Thu 22 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

That is only a small part of the problem,Diligaf.Not so simple!There is a long list of countries mentioned in the article clearly stating that if ANYONE has travelled(even for a holiday) to any of these destinations might be carriers of latent TB.In other words,not full blown but with the potential to develop,possibly spread and infect others.

Overseas travellers may be blissfully unaware that they had unwittingly imported TB into the UK.The world is now a GLOBAL VILLAGE. Hence, many diseases eradicated in the past,sadly tend to pop up unexpectedly and have to be nipped in the bud.That's the price of world-wide travel!
That is only a small part of the problem,Diligaf.Not so simple!There is a long list of countries mentioned in the article clearly stating that if ANYONE has travelled(even for a holiday) to any of these destinations might be carriers of latent TB.In other words,not full blown but with the potential to develop,possibly spread and infect others. Overseas travellers may be blissfully unaware that they had unwittingly imported TB into the UK.The world is now a GLOBAL VILLAGE. Hence, many diseases eradicated in the past,sadly tend to pop up unexpectedly and have to be nipped in the bud.That's the price of world-wide travel! Sonoo Malkani
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1:09pm Thu 29 May 14

DJFearRoss says...

diligaf wrote:
If people from this background disnt spit khat and other stuff everywhere there would be no need for this, we nearly erradicated this in the uk
At least they're being proactive about it, the other groups should take note.
[quote][p][bold]diligaf[/bold] wrote: If people from this background disnt spit khat and other stuff everywhere there would be no need for this, we nearly erradicated this in the uk[/p][/quote]At least they're being proactive about it, the other groups should take note. DJFearRoss
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