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Health screening for Utah refugees

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah Department of Health started a summer of screenings today.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah Department of Health started a summer of screenings today.

"It's good for us to know these things," said Kxarka Sanyassi, a Nepalese Refugee, who arrived in Salt Lake City almost four years ago.  He is one of more than 40 thousand refugees who call Utah home.  And according to the International Rescue committee, getting refugees the care they need can be a challenge.

Natalie El-Deiry, the organization's development manager said, "Accessing medical care, to getting health appointments, to knowing how to talk to doctors, those are all things that we help them with when they arrive."

For that reason, the IRC teamed up with the State Health Department and Catholic Community Services to provide a free screening for Utah refugees. Medical professionals checked cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels for dozens of people including Sanyassik's father, which gave him peace of mind.

"To go to the hospital, there's a lot of money and we can't afford it, so because of that we need to take care of his health."

According to health experts, he is not alone.  Right now at least 13 percent of Utahns don't have health insurance. That is where free screenings fill a void.

"To have like this," Sanyassi said, "be good for them who don't have all the help."

For a list of free health screenings and their locations click hereGo here for more information on state sponsored insurance programs.


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