SAI Health Fair by T.A.M.A.
An Exemplary Service outreach!
By Mahadev Desai
The SAI Health Fair, jointly sponsored by the Telugu Association
of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, , was
held at the Hindu Temple, Riverdale, Atlanta, on Saturday, May
12. In the past, TAMA has already sponsored four Health Fairs.
The Health Fair, as a tribute to all the Mothers, was
spearheaded by well-known Macon-Atlanta physician, Dr. Sujatha
Reddy and TAMA President, Ramesh Chaparala and was organized to
promote Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophies
of Non-violence, community service and Social justice.
On a beautiful summer morning, over 160 people of diverse
nationalities and cultures from all over Atlanta availed
themselves of the free consultancy and tests services provided
by 28 dedicated physicians representing 11 specialties, 8
nurses, 3 technicians and over 30 service-oriented volunteers
who attended to the various health related concerns of the
people after they registered for blood tests, free EKGs; free
glaucoma screenings; audiogram hearing screenings, preventive
Cardiology tests, free Bone Density tests to detect
Bmi,smoking prevention information,(by Clayton County Health
Department), and Kidney Diseases Prevention/Risk Factors and
Treatment by Connections from Fayetteville.
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 139
EKGs were provided by Southern Heart Specialists, Riverdale and
Atlanta Heart Associates, Georgia. The tests helped identify 4
life threatening lab. results which were immediately notified to
the participants concerned.
Dr.Pooja Mehta, a Cardiology Fellow from Emory University School
of Medicine carried out 76 Cardiovascular Risk Assessment tests.
In the triage area, one participant had slight chest discomfort,
so Dr.Gangasani immediately called for an ambulance and got the
sick person admitted into Gwinett Medical Center. 40 had
abnormal BMI. (Overweight 26 and Obese 14). 9 Males and 11
females had high BP. And 6 males and 17 females had abnormal
10 audiogram tests were conducted by Sridhar Krishnamurthy from
Auburn, Alabama. 16 glaucoma screenings were provided (four were
abnormal) under the supervision of Dr. Indira Menon from the Eye
physicians and surgeons, Decatur, Georgia. Bone- density tests
were in big demand About 50 plus bone-density tests were
performed by.Madhusudhana Reddy and Ms.Sneha
Tests by Madhusudhana Reddy and Sneha Mehta
Photo by Mahadev Desai
Mehta, under the Supervision of Dr. Sujatha Reddy. 24 were
found to be abnormal. .And over 141, 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!
Janssen Pharmaceuticals arranged for the complimentary
continental breakfast, whereas Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Co.
provided delicious lunch for all the participants catered by
Tropical Smoothies. SAI Health Fair publicity and coverage was
provided by Khabar magazine; India tribune and nripulse.com,
Atlantadunia.com. 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 Prashant Kollipara, Venu Polisetty and Mahadev
TAMA President, Ramesh Chaparala and Dr. Sujatha Reddy thanked
Hindu Temple President Dr. Ravi Sarma and the Board for
providing the accommodation to stage the Health Fair and also
Ramada Inn for providing accommodation and Forest Pharmaceutical
Corporations for providing accommodation and Friday dinner
respectively for out-of-town nurses. Dr.Sujatha Reddy and Ramesh
Chaparala thanked TAMA 2007 executive committee members, TAMA
Youth group, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, 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” is the guiding motto.
SAI Health Fairs are slowly but surely gaining recognition and
momentum because they are shining beacons of outreach of medical
services and vehicles of social service and welfare for the
disabled, aged, needy and neglected in the society. Inspired by
Dr.Reddy’s compassion, dedication and commitment, many selfless
physicians, Health Care professionals, volunteers, Community and
Faith-based organizations have joined their hands in
successfully staging these Health Fairs. Restless and driven,
self-effacing 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 within next