Over 600 attend TAMA sponsored 29th SAI Health Fair
By Mahadev Desai
Over 600 people attended the 29th SAI Health Fair, cum Red Cross
Blood Drive held at the South Forsyth Middle School, Duluth,
Georgia, on Saturday, August 25, 2012 elicited a huge response.
The 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 sponsored by the Telugu
Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA), financially supported by
sponsors Madhu Tata,Malleshwar Rao Yarlagadda Suresh
Sajja,Swapna Kommeneni,Kiran Katragadda and Gowtam Gurram. and
strongly supported by Muthalamada Sneham Charities, physicians,
health care professionals and volunteers.
TAMA Officers with Dr.Sujatha Reddy
People of diverse nationalities and cultures from all over
Atlanta availed themselves of the free consultancy and tests
services provided by over 35 dedicated physicians representing
15 specialties, 15 technicians and over 75 service-oriented
volunteers including from Mercer University , who attended to
the various health related concerns of the people after they
registered for blood tests, free EKGs; free glaucoma and vision
screenings; preventive Cardiology tests, free Bone Density tests
to detect osteoporosis and free Consultancy in, Ayurveda
medicine, Internal medicine, Family Medicine, cardiology,
Many, including elderly and disabled people, lined-up as early
as 7.00 a.m. The spacious and well- lighted halls and rooms had
neatly laid out tables, and comfortable seating arrangements for
the attendees. The physicians, nurses and volunteers treated all
with cheerfulness, courtesy and dignity and in a relaxed manner.
|Cardiologist Dr.Sreeni Gangasani
Over 135 EKGs were carried out by Commerce Cardiology
Group,Commerce,GA,and Cardiovascular Group, Lawrenceville.
Vision and Glaucoma screening tests, were done by Dr.Indira
40 audio screenings were done by Dr.Sridhar Krishnamurthy from
Auburn University,Alabama.Bone Mineral Density screening tests
were in big demand More than 31 bone-density tests, were
performed by a team of Madhusudhana Reddy and Vijaya Reddy under
the supervision of Dr.Sujatha Reddy. These bone density tests
helped educate the participants especially women about
osteoporosis. A bone marrow drive was organized in the Health
Fair by AT&T and Oasis.
Majority of the attendees wanted Blood tests. Over 150 cost
–effective, basic quality comprehensive Chemistry profile of
blood tests with PSA, and HBA1c were carried out at a nominal
fee of $25 per test. The lab work was provided by American
Clinical Labs. Inc.in Stone Mountain. Those who came for blood
tests were provided with complimentary breakfast by TAMA. It is
noteworthy that the results of the blood work were mailed within
a week! The test results helped identify some life threatening
results which were immediately notified to the participants.
Many lined up to consult Naturopathy and Ayurveda expert
Dr.Satish Nair of Gentle Awakening, together with Ms. Cathy
TAMA Organization formed in 1981 is an integral part of the
close-knit, vibrant and progressive Telugu community in Metro
Atlanta and beyond. Since its formation, TAMA has been
celebrating major Indian festivals like Ugadi, Ganesh Pooja,and
other activities like screening of movies, picnics, kids fest,
literary meetings, Health Fairs,etc. It has also initiated a
free clinic and library which are open on Saturday afternoons
from 2 to 5 p.m. The current dynamic and enthusiastic BOT and
Executive Team of Suresh Peddi;Mahesh Pawar;Vijay
Kothapalli;Sandhya Yellapragada,Varaprasad Yadana,Vijay
Ravilla,Venkat Meesala,Vinay Maddineni,Mallik
Medarametlla,Upendra Narra and Vijju Cheluvuru actively
participated in the Health Fair .Another milestone this year was
the Red Cross Blood Drive. The Red Cross staff had arranged 6
donation stations and donations began at 10.30 a.m. The blood
drive was a huge success and at the end of the day,the goal of
61 units was met. The blood donors were served with
fruits,juices and protein bars generously donated on behalf of
Sathyavati Lavu by Gurram.
| Ms.Michelle Clarke(Center),Colleagues.
Ayurveda expert Dr.Satish Nair and
An effusive donor recruiter representative for the Red Cross in
the Forsyth area location and eight counties North –West of the
location, Ms. Michelle Clarke commented, “The Red Cross was
invited today at the Health Fair here at the South Forsyth
Middle School for a blood drive. The blood drive is goaled at 48
life-saving units which can assist about 150 patients live one
more day in the world. We were invited by the TAMA Organization
.” Lauding TAMA members she said, “From my experience working
with TAMA,I have noticed high rate of commitment level-
approximately 68% first-time donor rates amongst individuals
that I have worked with. It is quite amazing that when an
individual says that he will donate blood, he keeps his word. We
expect to see 63 donors today to go through the process of
donating blood. Each unit of blood can save up to three lives.
”Right now, Red Cross is on national appeal. We have gone out in
the communities and solicited donors. Our blood banks are at the
lowest levels in 15 years . I thank TAMA for embracing the
mission and providing life-saving blood units to patients in
need.” Snacks, fruits and drinks for blood donors.
Zafraan Restaurant served a complimentary Indian breakfast and
lunch to all the doctors, technicians and volunteers.
SAI Health Fair publicity and coverage was carried by Khabar
magazine; India Abroad, India Tribune, Nripulse.com, wownow.com;
JanDarpan.com; Atlantadunia.com.and TV9. In addition, Presidents
of several local Associations also helped to notify their
members about the Health Fair. Ravi Ponangi and Mahadev Desai
did the press coverage. TAMA President Suresh Peddi and Dr.
Sujatha Reddy thanked South Forsyth Middle School for providing
the accommodation and help in staging the Health Fair. They also
thanked Ms. Michelle Clarke, for coordinating the blood drive.
and all the blood donors They further thanked Mercer
University’s Pharmacy- students, supporting sponsors; the team
of physicians, nurses, students and dedicated volunteers and
blood donors who together helped make the Health Fair and Blood
drive 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. Too often you hear
someone say, “if only we had known all of this could have been
SAI Health Fairs are shining beacons of outreach of medical
services and vehicles of social service and welfare for the
disabled, aged, and needy and neglected in the society. Inspired
by Dr.Sujatha 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.