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Free care offered at Health Fair
Pictured is Dr. Kalpana Rajdev managing physician of the Isha Care Free Clinic.

Soaring medical costs can be crippling when it comes to getting healthcare.
That’s why Isha Care Free Clinic is conducting a McMinnville Community Health Fair this Saturday at Three Star Mall. The event, entering its fourth year, is from 9 a.m. to noon. All services are free.
“Prevention is the key,” said Dr. Kalpana Rajdev, managing physician of the Isha Care Free Clinic. “In our healthcare system, costs are going up so much. Even if you have insurance, the deductibles are getting more and more expensive. That’s why we’re focusing on the preventive aspect and trying to catch problems before they get bad.”
Nearly 30 health-related providers are scheduled to be on hand Saturday. Dr. Rajdev says booths are still available for anyone interested in participating by calling Isha at 815-8500.
Among the highlights of the Community Health Fair:
The Lions Club will be on hand offering vision screenings.
Dr. Charles Drummond of Tennessee Vascular Associates will offer vein and artery screenings.
Fred’s Pharmacy will have information on vaccinations.
Three internal medicine physicians are scheduled to be in attendance.
Buckeye will have information about its home medical equipment.
“There will be information and consultations and everything is absolutely free,” said Dr. Rajdev. “It’s very heartening to see members of the community come together like this to offer these services. This is our fourth year and every year it gets bigger and better.”
Isha outreach coordinator Alison Murry says the event has been successful in getting people in touch with the healthcare they need.
“Maybe they are having some symptoms, some problems, and this gives them an idea of where to turn,” said Murry.
The event is set for this Saturday, Aug. 6.