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Always something new at the Sai Health Fair

By Mahadev Desai
May 2017
Always something new at the Sai Health Fair

Dr. Sujatha Reddy’s 37th Sai Health Fair—a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and to promote his and Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophies of nonviolence, community service, and social justice— was held in Global Mall, Norcross, Georgia, on April 1, 2017 in coordination with Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPI) and Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) and elicited a very good response with an attendance of over 200 participants. The event was also sponsored by Paramount Software Solutions and strongly supported by Sangisetti Charitable Foundation, physicians, health care professionals, and volunteers.

On a crisp Saturday morning, over 20 dedicated physicians representing 12 specialties, supported by over 15 dedicated nurses and technicians and 35 service-oriented volunteers, offered free consultancy and tests services to people who came for blood tests, free EKGs, free glaucoma and vision screenings, ENT, dermatology, preventive cardiology tests, free bone density tests to detect osteoporosis, and free consultancy in internal medicine, family medicine, cardiology, dentistry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, opthalmology, orthopedics, and nephrology.

Testing—worthwhile, even life-saving!
Over 150 comprehensive chemistry profile blood tests with HBA1c were carried out at a nominal fee of $30 each. Lab work was provided by Sy Med, Tucker, GA; results are mailed within ten days.
Over 90 EKGs were carried out by Commerce Cardiology Clinic and by Gwinnett Heart Specialists.
Atlanta ophthalmologist Dr. Indira Menon carried out glaucoma and vision screening tests.
Hearing tests were done by Dr. Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Girish Enterprises, Auburn, Alabama.
More than 40 bone-mineral-density tests were performed by a team of Madhusudhana Reddy and Sicily Joseph, and only four were normal: the rest revealed osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Education—there’s always something new to learn at Sai Health Fairs!
An interesting and informative stand to spread awareness on “cell phone usage and its negative effects” was set up by South Forsyth High School students Sahithi Boddireddy, Swetha Pasumarti, and Pranavi. Cell phone texting can cause distraction, accidents, and death. Cell phones can spread bacteria, and overuse can cause psychological problems.

Diabetics learned lifestyle changes from Geeta Mehrotra. Nutritive values of some Indian foods were provided along with Freedom from Stress by Dada J. P. Vaswani. Laughing Yoga was introduced to people while they were waiting for their tests to be done, and people appreciated it!

Stroke risk factor education was provided by GINA nurses. Dermatology consultation was provided by students from Emory University Research Group.

Snacks, fruits and drinks were provided to all by Crescent Pines Hospital, Stockbridge. Swapna Restaurant provided delicious lunch to doctors, technicians, and volunteers. Dr. Sujatha Reddy thanked Ashiana Restaurant, sponsors, and all the team.



[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for May 2017, not in the May print/digital issues.]

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