14th SAI Health Fair an Exemplary Service outreach!
By Mahadev Desai
Photo by Prashant Kollipara
The 14th SAI Health Fair, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Post 5080, Lake City, Georgia, was held
at the Hindu Temple, Riverdale, Atlanta, on Saturday, September
29. The Health Fair, a tribute to the memory of those Veterans
who gave their lives for this country and also a tribute to the
life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr.Martin Luther King,
Jr.,promoting their philosophy of non-violence,self-service and
social justice, and further,to honor and respect 138th Birth
Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was spearheaded by well-known
Macon-Atlanta physician, and a Board Member of the Gandhi
Foundation of USA, Dr. Sujatha Reddy,
On a beautiful summer morning, over 250 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 12 specialties, 12
nurses, and 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, and free Bone Density tests to detect
Bmi,smoking prevention information, & counseling was provided by
nutritionist Reecha Ravula to over 20 attendees.
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 110
EKGs were provided by Southern Heart Specialists, Riverdale, for
males and Commerce Cardiology Group, Commerce, for females.
Dr.Pooja Mehta, a Cardiology Fellow from Emory University School
of Medicine, along with Medical students carried out
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment .Results showed 18 cases of
Hypertension, 27 cases of over weight.
Over 30 audiogram tests were conducted by Sridhar Krishnamurthy
from Auburn, Alabama, and over 30 glaucoma screenings were by
Dr. Indira Menon from the Eye physicians and surgeons, Decatur,
Georgia. Bone- density tests were in big demand About 60 plus
bone-density tests were performed by.Madhusudhana Reddy,
Ms.Sneha Mehta, and volunteer Roger Allen, under the Supervision
of Dr. Sujatha Reddy. .And over 190, cost –effective,
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. One touch Ultra Blood Glucose
Monitors were given for Diabetic Participants after
Demonstration It is noteworthy that the results of the blood
work were mailed within 48 hours Few life threatening results
were notified immediately.
Tropical Café Smoothie arranged for the complimentary
continental breakfast for all attendees, doctors, nurses and
volunteers and also catered delicious lunch for all the
Doctors,Nurses , Volunteers, provided by Forest Pharmaceuticals.
SAI Health Fair publicity and coverage was provided by India
Abroad,Khabar magazine; India tribune, India-West, nripulse, and
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, and Mahadev Desai.
The President of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ladies Auxiliary,
Post 5080, JoAnn Tucker has been a dedicated and conscientious
employee of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta for the past 14 years.
She said that the Organization looks after the welfare of the
veterans as well as participates in many community outreach
programs. The member volunteers raise funds for cancer,and other
charities, provide help at the VAMedical Center, Atlanta, and
Good Shepherds Clinic in Morrow, Women’s shelters and Churches
in Georgia. She said that she and her colleagues Becky Riggins
and Marylyn Ryans felt honored and blessed to participate in the
SAI Health Fair.
The Chief Co-ordinator, Dr. Sujatha Reddy thanked Hindu Temple
President Dr. Ravi Sarma and the Board for providing the
accommodation to stage the Health Fair. She further thanked
Ramada Inn for providing accommodation and Larry Jones of Forest
Pharmaceutical Corporation,together with Tropical Café Smoothie
for providing Friday dinner respectively for out-of-town nurses.
She also thanked Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ladies Auxiliary,
Post 5080, 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 the