Huge Turnout at the 37th SAI Health Fair

Mahadev Desai
Pics. by Vinod Devlia and Mahadev Desai

The 37th Sai Health Fair in coordination with Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPI) and Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA), in the Global Mall, Norcross, Georgia, on Saturday, April 1, elicited a very good response with an attendance of over 200 participants. The exemplary SAI Health Fair was spearheaded by well-known physician, Dr. Sujatha Reddy and was organized as a tribute to the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and also to promote his and Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophies of Non-violence, community service and Social justice. The event was also sponsored by Paramount Software Solutions and strongly supported by Sangisetti Charitable Foundation, physicians, health care professionals and volunteers.

On a crisp Saturday morning, people of diverse nationalities and cultures from all over Atlanta attended the Sai Health Fair and availed themselves of the free consultancy and tests services provided by over 20 dedicated physicians representing 12 specialties, supported by over 15 dedicated nurses and technicians and 35 service-oriented volunteers who attended to the various health related concerns of the people after they registered for blood tests, free EKGs; free glaucoma and vision screenings; ENT;dermatology;preventive Cardiology tests, free Bone Density tests to detect osteoporosis and free Consultancy-Internal medicine, Family Medicine,cardiology,dentistry,endocrinology,gastroenterology,opthalmology,orthopedics, and nephrology.

GINA Volunteers

Over 90 EKGs were carried out by Commerce Cardiology Clinic and by Gwinnett Heart Specialists.

Atlanta ophthalmologist Dr.Indira Menon carried out Glaucoma and vision screening tests.”
Audio screenings (hearing tests were done by Dr.Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Girish Enterprises, Auburn, Alabama.

More than 40 bone-mineral--density tests, were performed by a team of Madhusudhana Reddy and Sicily Joseph. Out of these, only four were normal. Rests revealed osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Over 150 cost –effective, basic quality comprehensive Chemistry profile of blood tests with HBA1c were carried out at a nominal fee of $30 per test. The lab work was provided by Sy Med, Tucker, GA. It is noteworthy that the results of the blood work are mailed within ten days! The test results help to identify some life threatening results which are immediately notified to the participants.

Stroke Risk Factor Education was provided by GINA nurses. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S Also called a brain attack; a stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Time is critical in preventing long term damage, so the patient must be taken to the hospital immediately.

An interesting and informative stand to spread awareness on ‘Cell phone usage and its negative effects’ was set up by South Forsyth High School students Sahithi Boddireddy;Swetha Pasumarti and Pranavi. Cell phone texting is known to cause distraction and even accidents and death. In addition cell phones can spread bacteria and also overuse can cause psychological problems.
Dermatology consultation was provided by students from Emory University Research Group.
Clinical nutritionist and life-coach Geeta Mehrotra advised on diabetes; hypertension; smoking, exercise and healthy diet.

Snacks, fruits and drinks were provided to all the participants by Crescent Pines Hospital, Stockbridge. Swapna Restaurant provided delicious lunch to all the doctors, technicians and volunteers.
SAI Health Fair publicity and coverage was provided by Atlanta’s digital and print media, Khabar; Desi-Express; NRIPULSE; Atlantadunia; RashtraDarpan and India Tribune; Anjali Chhabria of TVAsia, and Greater Atlanta Telugu Association (GATA). Vinod Devlia helped with photography services. GINA’s Secretary Jennie Mathen lauded Dr.Sujatha and said, “37th SAI Health fair conducted at the Global Mall, Norcross, GA was a grand success. The Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) played a major role in triage, lab draws, keeping the flow, stroke education, and bone density scanning. There were approximately 15 GINA members that devoted time for community service. It was a very rewarding experience to give back to our Indian community.
Dr. Sujatha Reddy profusely thanked Ashiana Restaurant, Global Mall. She further thanked GINA President Vidya Kanagaraj; supporting sponsors; the team of physicians, nurses, and dedicated volunteers who together helped make the SAI Health Fair a big success.