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Gandhi Foundation Health Fair Serves 350

October 2004
Gandhi Foundation Health Fair Serves 350

The Gandhi Foundation of USA (GFUSA) organized the Sai Health Fair at the Impact Center in the Global Mall on September 18.

People of diverse nationalities and cultures came for various healthcare services including consultations with physicians and specialists, complimentary EKGs, bone density tests and diabetic education. There were over 32 doctors and 17 nurses who attended to many health concerns. Over 200 people made use of elaborate blood tests at a nominal fee of $15. It is noteworthy that the test results were mailed within 48 hours. Many life threatening situations were brought to light. The attendees expressed their appreciation for the efficient services. In all, over 350 people attended the fair.

Dr. Sujatha Reddy, who in the past has organized five health fairs, spearheaded the event in memory of Mahatma Gandhi's 135th birth anniversary. "I feel an inner joy in helping all those who cannot afford the medical services provided by the private sector. I hope to organize more health fairs in the future to increase public awareness on preventive health care. I am sure the doctors, nurses and healthcare providers left the fair with the 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."

Dr. Reddy thanked Eli Lilly for providing educational tapes on stress management and nutrition for viewing in the waiting area. She also thanked cardiologist Dr. Sreeni Gangasani for arranging technicians to perform over 200 EKGs. Ophthalmologist Indra Menon arranged for technicians to screen for glaucoma.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to all the participating physicians, nurses and volunteers. GFUSA's acting chairman Subash Razdan said he was heartened with the turnout and efforts of the volunteers. He said that the success of the event was proof that such services were needed to aid members of the community where many have no medical insurance. ? Mahadev Desai

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