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40th SAI Health Fair continues its exemplary community services

Text & Photos by Mahadev Desai
December 2018
40th SAI Health Fair continues its exemplary community services

 

(Left) Mr. P. I. Joy of Joy TV; Dr. Jay Sampat, a recent recipient of Indo-American Press Club's Humanitarian Award; Mr. Joe Profit, who was a political candidate​; and SAI Health Fair organizer Dr. Sujatha Reddy.

 

SAI Health Fair in coordination with Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) hosted the 40th SAI Health Fair at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Georgia, on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The Health Fair was organized by Dr. Sujatha Reddy as a tribute to the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and also to promote his philosophy of nonviolence, community service, and social justice. It was sponsored by Sangisetty Charitable Organization and also strongly supported by health care professionals, nurses, and doctors.

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From early morning, people attended the Health Fair for blood tests and also availed themselves of the free consultancy in 11 specialties by over 20 committed, dedicated, and widely respected experienced physicians, supported by seven nurses, technicians, and courteous service-oriented volunteers.

Over 110 cost-effective, basic quality comprehensive chemistry blood tests with HbA1c were carried out at a nominal fee of $30 per test. The lab work was provided by American Clinical Labs. It is noteworthy that the results of the blood work were mailed within ten days with instructions to be followed at the free clinics as mentioned in the cover letter. The test results helped identify some life threatening results which were immediately notified to the participants.

Over 50 EKGs were carried out by Emory Southern Heart Specialists. Over 15 audio screenings were done by Dr. Sridhar Krishnamurthy of Auburn University, Alabama.

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Peripheral Bone Mineral Density screening tests were in big demand. More than 35 bone density tests were performed by a team of Madhu Reddy, Kishan Bhagwandas, Vasantha Bhandari, and student volunteer Spoorthi Nuthakki, under supervision of Dr. Sujatha Reddy. About 50% were abnormal. These bone density tests helped the participants become aware of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Susan G. Komen Atlanta organizations' Pam Garner gave out very useful informational material and advice on breast cancer awareness and mammograms, while advice on diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, Exercise, and nutrition was given by Raquel Merced.

Dr. Sequioa Du Casse and Novelette Ducasse of US Neuropathy gave advice on specialized treatments for nerve pain caused by diabetes, prediabetes, physical injury, foot drop, etc.

Stroke Risk Factor education was provided by GINA President Vidya Kanagaraj. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Also called a brain attack, a stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Time is critical in preventing long term damage so the patient must be taken to the hospital immediately.

Owen Wu, a Georgia State University student, who is doing a premedicine major, did commendable volunteering throughout the Fair.​

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Free consultations were provided by specialists in
Internal Medicine: Dr. Shylaja Prabhakaran, Dr. Samara Bellam, Dr. Prathima Reddy, and Dr. Palghat Mohan;
Cardiologists: Dr. Jeevith Reddy, Dr. Devendra Koganti, and Dr. Neelagaru;
Endoctrinology: Dr. Geetha Soodini;
Dermatologist: Dr. Tulasi Vanapalli;
E.N.T.: Dr. Shrinath Nadig and Dr. Trushna Rao;
Opthalmology: Dr. Arati Pandya and Dr. Indira Menon;
Orthopedics: Dr. G. Natarajan and Dr. Vanapalli;
Gastroenterology: Dr. Kavitha Gopal and Dr. Palghat Mohan;
Dentistry: Dr. Supriti Balyan, Dr. Swati Kallipalli, and Dr.Sangita Murali;
Psychiatry: Dr. Sujatha Reddy;
Audiology: Dr. Sridhar Krishnamurthy; and
Podiatry: Dr. Sequioa Du Casse, who all interacted with patients through free consultations.

Dr. Jay Sampat, a recent recipient of Indo-American Press Club's Humanitarian Award; President of Think Development Systems, Inc. and CEO of Joy TV, Mr. P. I. Joy; and Mr. Joe Profit, a former American football running back with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL, who was running as a Republican for Congress in Georgia's 4th Congressional District, all paid a visit to the Health Fair. Mr. Joy informed the attendees of a free Community Health Fair at the Church by the side of Cherians International Groceries on 751 DeKalb Industrial Way, Bldg. #4 Decatur, GA 30033.

Snacks, fruits, and drinks were provided to all the participants by Crescent Pines Hospital, Stockbridge. Sai Health Fair provided for lunch to all the doctors, nurses, technicians, and volunteers.

Publicity coverage was carried by Khabar magazine, NRI Pulse, Telugu Patrika, Wownow, Rashtradarpan, Desi Express, and Atlanta Dunia.

GINA President Vidya Kanagaraj commented, “GINA is blessed to be able to collaborate with Dr. Sujatha Reddy and Sai Health Fair to be of service to the community. GINA will continue with its participation in future SAI Health Fairs.”

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Dr. Sujatha Reddy effusively thanked GINA, all the doctors, nurses, technicians, and volunteers for their tireless efforts, for making the Health Fair event a grand success. “I’m glad to see so many people, from all walks of life, come to avail the opportunity to get free screenings and consultations with medical specialists. I also wish to thank the Hindu Temple for providing the spacious accommodation for the Health Fair. We have been hosting Health Fairs for a long time in different venues and they have been successful every time.”

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[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for December 2018, not in the print/digital issues.]

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