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Emory Medical Students Conduct Health Fair

April 2007
Emory Medical Students Conduct Health Fair

On a sunny morning on Saturday, February 17, a long queue of people from all over Atlanta, began registering at the Health Fair organized by Emory University students at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale. The Fair afforded various services, including blood tests, EKGs, bone density screenings, glaucoma screenings, diabetic and nutritional information, and free consultations with physicians from the Emory University.

Melisa Shah, a first year medical student at Emory said that after the students learned about the high rate of metabolic diseases like blood pressure, diabetes, and heart diseases among the South Asians, they decided to help by organizing a Health Fair as a community outreach effort. Over twenty medical students and undergraduates participated in organizing the event.

Emory University's Cardiovascular Research Center's Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi was thanked for his services, as was Quest Lab, which carried out the blood tests. Shah further thanked Dr. Sujatha Reddy for helping with the logistics and advice and Hindu Temple of Atlanta for offering the accommodation and facilities for the event. She said that she was very happy with the turnout and hoped to organize more Health Fairs at other locations in Atlanta.

Over 35 EKGs, 50 glaucoma screenings, and 25 bone density screenings were performed. Over 41 cost-effective, basic quality comprehensive blood count, lipid profile and metabolic panel tests were carried out at a nominal fee of $10!

Complimentary snacks and beverages and a delectable lunch to all the participants, volunteers and physicians were provided.

The President of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Dr. Ravi Sarma, complimented the students for their compassionate and dedicated service to the community.

~ Mahadev Desai

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