The Health Fair makes medical care accessible to the newcomer community

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A refugee camp is where Kumari Regmi made his home for years. It was there that she lived and witnessed the consequences of limited medical care.

“I have seen so many people die of malnutrition, so many women die of undiagnosed breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Maybe they have pain or bleeding, but there was nothing to really detect whether it was breast cancer or ovarian cancer,” he said. he adds. said Remi.

But since arriving in Syracuse, she has become a family nurse practitioner to help other newcomers receive what she and others in the refugee camp could not.

Syracuse is a welcoming region for immigrants, but navigating the healthcare system in a new country and a new language can be overwhelming. On Friday, Regmi and her husband, also a former refugee and nurse practitioner, invited area immigrants and refugees to the fifth annual health fair organized by Catholic Charities.

The fair, which offered vaccinations, dental screenings and scheduled mammograms, included support from Upstate Medical. Medical student Katie Farkouh said hosting multiple services for free in one place helps overcome barriers to care that newcomers to the area may face.

“We have a large refugee population in Syracuse and we want to make sure everyone has access to all health screenings, preventative care, and only general health care that they might not otherwise be able to get” , said Farkouh.

About 200 people turned out for the event.

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