On September 18
Gandhi Foundation sponsored the Sai Health Fair, as a tribute to Mahatma
Gandhi on his 135th birthday anniversary. This was held at the spacious
Impact Center at the Global Mall, the hub of the Indian Community in
A long line of people of diverse nationalities and cultures from all
over Atlanta began registering for the tests from as early as 6:30 AM.
Dr. Sujatha Reddy was quite surprised by the response and started making
arrangements immediately for the various health-care services including
consultations with physicians from many specialties, free EKGs and diabetic education. At the end of the momentous day,
Gandhi Foundation of USA (GFUSA) notched up yet one more highly
successful humanitarian project marking its mission of social service.
Photos : Krishna Murthy
Dr. Sujatha Reddy is the well-known Macon-Atlanta physician who in the
past has organized five successful Health Fairs in Metropolitan Atlanta,
Georgia. This time once again spearheaded the Health Fair in memory of
the 135th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. By this laudable example
of outreaching, by providing free medical services and consultations to
the members of the beloved Atlanta community, the Gandhi Foundation
strove to further strengthen its bond within the community. For several
weeks, the members of the Gandhi Foundation, USA distributed flyers,
publicized the event to Indian-American Associations, and other
communities through various print, TV, and Internet media. Inspired by
compassion and commitment, many Physicians, Health care professionals,
volunteers, Community and Faith-based organizations devoted their time,
expertise and energies to make the SAI Health Fair worthy of emulation.
The health fair was very neatly organized; the entrance of the Impact
Center was festooned with the banner of the Gandhi Foundation and
portraits of King and Mahatma Gandhi. The hallway and well-lighted hall
had tables manned by over 36 doctors representing 17 specialties and 17
nurses who attended to the various health care needs of the people as
they walked in. Over 200 availed themselves of the blood work, which was
offered with an exhaustive blood report at a very nominal fee of
$15(CBC, Chemistry 14 profile, lipid profile, thyroid profile, sickle
cell prep, PSA) About 350+ participants attended the fair.. It is
noteworthy that the results of the blood work were mailed within 48
hours! “Forewarned is forearmed!” The test results helped identify
several life threatening situations, which were immediately notified to
the participants concerned.
The participants were all very happy to avail the benefits of the
various tests done, especially those who did not carry any medical
insurance and some others who brought their visiting parents and
in-laws. Most of them who attended expressed their appreciation and
gratitude at the courteous, efficient and reassuring service and
requested more such health fairs. “You are doing a pioneering work in
preventive health care in USA”, some said.
Pfizer/Udipi restaurant served continental breakfast for the
participants, whereas Cephalon/ Udipi restaurant provided sumptuous
lunch. The Drury Inn provided accommodation for nurses from Macon, GA at
a discounted rate. GFUSA members Kumkum Kashiparekh, Antony Thaliath,
Dr. Lizy Thaliath, Jacob Ampat, and Dr. K.Thrivikraman performed
commendable voluntary services.
Ravi Ponangi (India Tribune), “Khabar" magazine and “Namaste Bombay” and
“Atlanta Dunia”, helped greatly with the publicity. Krishna Murthy
rendered excellent photographic services.
Dhruti Contractor, and GFUSA’s Youth Group Coordinator, Vinita Thaper
and her sister Sonya Thaper did commendable volunteering work.
Certificates of Appreciation, designed by Asst. executive director of
GFUSA, H. Shivadas, and signed by its Acting Chairman, Subash Razdan and
Executive Director, Giriraj Rao and Coordinator, Sujatha Reddy were presented to all the participating
physicians, nurses and volunteers.
The Chief Coordinator of the SAI Health Fair, Dr. Sujatha Reddy said she
was very happy with the large turnout particularly thankful to the
location, which attracted many Asian communities. She thanked the GFUSA
for giving her an opportunity to hold the SAI Health Fair, and thanked
Sanjay Patel and Ampath for providing the Impact Center. She went on to
thank Forest Lab and Eli Lilly for providing the TV/VCR and educational tapes on stress
management and nutrition for viewing to the participants in the waiting
She also thanked Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Cardiologist from cardiovascular
group Lawrenceville for arranging 3 technicians to do 200+ EKGs; Indra
Menon, ophthalmologist in Decatur for arranging technician to screen for
glaucoma; the team of physicians, nurses, clerical staff, sponsors and
numerous volunteers who together helped make the Health Fair a big
success. She says that she feels an inner joy in helping those who
cannot afford the medical services provided by the private sector and is
hoping to organize more such health fairs in the future, to increase the
awareness of the public on preventive health care. She also continued
that the doctors, nurses, Health Care providers left the Fair with the
complete satisfaction of having served the community in which they
reside and with the satisfaction of having given something back to it
with their skills and knowledge.
Subash Razdan of “Namaste Bombay” said he was heartened with the turnout
and the spirit of volunteerism displayed at the Health Fair. He said
that the successful Health Fair was a clear proof that more such Fairs
is essential to outreach countless needy and often neglected uninsured
sector of the community.
Mr. Giriraj Rao echoed these sentiments “Yes, Sai Health Fair was a
great demonstration of the effects of sound planning, great execution
and super cooperation under Dr. Sujatha Reddy and Antony Thaliath and
all the persons who participated, Doctors, Nurses, Medical Professionals
the Volunteers and including the patrons”.
“I think, if the cause is right, if the need is there and if the spirit
is there, there is hardly anything we cannot accomplish. The volunteers
proved this point by being there in large numbers and giving their best
help with a smile on their faces.”