BY MAHADEV DESAI
The 11th SAI Health Fair, sponsored by the Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) as part of its 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations, was held at the Hindu Temple, Atlanta, on Saturday, June 17. The Health Fair, spearheaded by well-known Macon-Atlanta physician, Dr. Sujatha Reddy was organized to promote Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophies of Non-violence, community service and Social justice.
It is noteworthy that on a beautiful summer morning, over 225 people of diverse nationalities and cultures from all over Atlanta availed themselves of the free consultancy and tests services provided by 17 physicians representing 12 specialties, 11 nurses, including 4 nurses from Dr. Sujatha Reddy’s Macon office; and 6 technicians who attended to the various health related concerns of the people after they registered for blood tests, free EKGs;free glaucoma screenings; diabetic and nutritional education & free Bone Density tests to detect Osteoporosis.
Many including elderly and disabled people lined-up as early as 6.45 a.m.The spacious and well- lighted Temple educational bldg. had neatly laid out tables, in adjoining rooms, where over 120 EKGs were provided by Southern Heart Specialists, Riverdale and Commerce Cardiology Group, Commerce, Georgia; over 50 glaucoma screenings were provided by under the supervision of Dr. Indira Menon from the Eye physicians and surgeons, Decatur, Georgia. Bone- density tests were in big demand About 55 plus bone-density tests were performed
by Madhusudhana Reddy and his wife Dr.Haritha under the Supervision of Dr. Sujatha Reddy .Dr. Ashok Kancharla from the Tri-County Medical Center,Royston,provided the equipment to carry out the Bone-density tests.And over 120, cost –effective, basic quality comprehensive Chemistry profile of blood tests with PSA, HBA1c, and Sickle cell prep. were carried out at a nominal fee of $15 per test. The lab work was provided by Medical Center of Middle Georgia Lab., Macon. It is noteworthy that the results of the blood work were mailed within 48 hours! The test results helped identify several life threatening situations which were immediately notified to the persons concerned.
Forest Pharmaceuticals arranged for the complimentary continental breakfast, whereas Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Co.together with Satluj Restaurant, Morrow, Georgia, provided delicious lunch for all the participants. SAI Health Fair publicity and coverage was provided by Khabar magazine; and nripulse.com, Atlantadunia.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org websites. In addition, Presidents of several local Associations also helped to notify their members about the Health Fair.Digital video and Photography services were provided by Mahadev Desai.
It was heartening to see young High School and College students volunteering side by side with regular adult volunteers at the Health Fair as part of community service.
TAMA President, Shri.Bala Indurti and Dr. Sujatha Reddy thanked the Hindu Temple Board for providing the accommodation to stage the Health Fair and also Ramada Inn for providing accommodation and Friday dinner for out-of-town nurses by Tama. She also thanked Pfizer & Forest Pharmaceutical Cos , supporting sponsors; the team of physicians, nurses, students and dedicated volunteers who together helped make the Health Fair a big success. The mission of the SAI Health Fairs is to create an awareness of the importance of preventive health care among the public-detection, prevention and cure. “Cure the patient today and protect the community tomorrow. Too often we hear of illness that could have been prevented if it had been detected earlier” she said.
Slowly but surely Dr. Reddy’s SAI Health Fairs are dotting the map of Georgia! Her Health Fairs are vehicles of social service and welfare and a shining example of outreach of the medical services to the disabled, aged, needy and neglected in the society. Restless and driven, Dr. Reddy is a living proof that even one person can make a difference. She has perceived the acute need for such Health Fairs, and is striving relentlessly to contribute all she can in meeting the immense need. Never to rest on her laurels, she is already planning for the next SAI Health Fair on Sep.16th at the First Baptist Church – Morrow & Bone Density Screening along with a Family Seminar on Sep.17th at the Hindu Temple.