By Mahadev Desai
The 9th SAI Health Fair sponsored by the Gandhi Foundation of
USA, (GFUSA); Shiv Aggarwal and Global Mall, and Telugu
Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA); was held at the Impact
Conference Center, Global Mall on Saturday, September 24. The
Health Fair, spearheaded by well-known Macon-Atlanta physician,
Dr. Sujatha Reddy was organized as a tribute to the life and
legacy and 136th Birthday Anniversary of Gandhi and to promote
the philosophies of Gandhi and King-Non-violence, self-less
service and Social justice.
Over 300 people of diverse nationalities and cultures from all
over Atlanta availed themselves of the free consultancy and
tests services provided by 34 physicians representing 17
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; bone density
tests; glaucoma screenings; diabetic and nutritional education.
This time, efficient arrangements including on-line registration
by Vijuk Chiliveru, helped in quick treatment of people who were
lined-up as early as 6.45 a.m.The hallway and well lighted
Conference Center had neatly laid out tables, where over 200
EKGs were provided by Cardiovascular Group, Lawrenceville, and
Southern Heart Specialists, Riverdale; over 60 bone density
tests taken by Cumming Family Medicine, Cumming; and glaucoma
screenings were provided by Eye physicians and surgeons,
Decatur, Georgia. 165 cost –effective, basic quality
comprehensive Chemistry profile of blood tests with PSA,
HBA1c,Sickle cell prep. were carried out at a nominal fee of $15
per test. It is noteworthy that the results of the bloodwork
were mailed within 48 hours! The test results helped identify
several life threatening situations which were immediately
notified to the persons concerned.
Abbott arranged for the continental breakfast for the
participants, whereas Eli Lilly/Udipi provided delicious lunch.
Health Fair publicity and coverage was provided by Namaste-Bombay;
Khabar magazine;nripulse, Atlantadesi and atlantadunia websites
In addition, Presidents of several local Associations were
requested to notify their members about the Health
Fair.Photography services were provided by Vinod Devlia(who also
volunteered at the Health Fair) and Krishna Murthy.
Pauline; Dr. Sujatha Reddy; and
Appareddy –President’s Committee for People with
Acting Chairman, GFUSA, Subash Razdan complimented Dr Sujatha
Reddy and the team of doctors, nurses and volunteers for the
successful Health Fair. He said he was impressed with the big
turnout which included many elderly and disabled and absence of
long queues because of efficient arrangements. He concluded by
thanking all the supporting sponsors.
Echoing Razdan’s sentiments, owner of Global Mall, Shiv Aggarwal,
added that he felt proud that the Health Fair was held in the
Global Mall and was thrilled to see the magnificent response.”
It is gratifying to support such Health Fairs which reflect the
humanitarian facet of our Indian culture’ he concluded.
Ebullient Dr Sujatha Reddy, thanked the GFUSA, Shiv Aggarwal,
President, TAMA, Krishnamohan Pinnamaneni, Sanjay Patel and
family for providing Impact Conference Center and also
volunteering services, Abbott, Eli Lilly, supporting sponsors;
the team of physicians, nurses 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 this need.