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10th SAI Health Fair-Yet another Winner!


The 10th SAI Health Fair sponsored by International Ministeries 2000 Church, Fulton County was held at the International Ministries 2000 Church on Saturday, April 8. 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. 

Despite the thunderstorms and heavy rains in the early morning of Saturday, April 8, it is noteworthy that over 180 people of diverse nationalities and cultures from all over Atlanta availed themselves of the free consultancy and tests services provided by 24 physicians representing 12 specialties including chiropractic; 12 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, EKGs; glaucoma screenings; diabetic and nutritional education.

Many including elderly and disabled people lined-up as early as 6.45 a.m.The spacious and well lighted Church Hall had neatly laid out tables, where over 55 EKGs were provided by Southern Heart Specialists, Riverdale; over 50 glaucoma screenings were provided by Eye physicians and surgeons, Decatur, Georgia. And over 85, 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. 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.

Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Co. arranged for the complimentary continental breakfast, whereas Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Co. arranged for the boxed lunches for all the participants. Subbaiah Emani helped set the tables for the lunches. Health Fair publicity and coverage was provided by Khabar magazine; and, websites. In addition, Presidents of several local Associations were requested to notify their members about the Health Fair.Digital video and Photography services were provided by K.C.Patel and Mahadev Desai respectively.

It was heartening to see eleven Medical students from Emory University, who were volunteering at the Health Fair as part of community service. Gaurav Patel said that of the eleven students, five were first year students and six were second year students. He thanked Dr. Reddy for providing them with an incredible opportunity to use their knowledge and education to help those who do not have access to health care. They met some patients who had not been to any physician for years. Their main focus at the Health Fair was patient education. He complimented Dr. Reddy for shouldering a huge responsibility and for her outreach efforts in medical field. He concluded by saying that he hoped to be part of it next time round.

Ebullient Dr. Sujatha Reddy, thanked the Pastor Delores Williams for providing the Church to stage the Health Fair and R.C.Patel for providing accommodation at Comfort Inn for out-of-town nurses. She also thanked Eli Lilly, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Cos.; supporting sponsors; the team of physicians, nurses, Emory University 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. 

Dr. Reddy’s SAI 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 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 the 11th SAI Health Fair in a couple of months.

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