England’s chief pharmaceutical officer David Webb on Friday (July 22) officially opened a community health hub at a Hindu temple in west London.
The interactive health hub, which was built as part of the ‘Festival of Inspiration’ — a 10-day cultural celebration of the UK’s South Asian Hindu communities, will provide visitors with free health awareness and well-being advice.
The cultural extravaganza, which ends on July 31, draws upon the inspiring life, work and wisdom of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, one of the world’s great spiritual leaders and creator of the iconic Neasden Temple.
Sharing his reflection on the festival and the health hub, Webb said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to visit and be a part of the Festival of Inspiration on the hundredth centenary of His Holiness. I’ve been really impressed by the extensive programme of engagement with the community to improve health and wellbeing.”
Senior pharmacist Prof Mahendra Patel accompanied Webb during the opening ceremony.
Patel commented: “The opening of the health hub by the chief pharmaceutical officer of NHS England as part of the temple’s worldwide centenary celebrations is not just a momentous occasion but a huge step for pharmacy in the important role it can play within a multidisciplinary healthcare setting in the community.
“I was truly honoured and privileged to be joining David Webb on this opening day of the Festival of Inspiration.”
Visitors at the hub will have an opportunity to receive health screening as well as participate in activities related to health and well-being. Several health awareness stands will be supported by workshops and seminars, exercise and yoga sessions, and cooking demonstrations for healthier eating.
The hub will aim to educate participants about exercise and nutrition, empower individuals towards a healthier lifestyle, and enrich their mental well-being.