CHENNAI: The first edition of ‘Arogyam’, a health and fitness exhibition, saw great variety. From autism schools to organic food and oils to homeopathy and free ENT check up, this fair had it all.
“This is the first time we are participating in this fair. We are seeing a large number of people turning up mainly to know about their medical fitness and seek advice to stay healthy and fit,” said P Sneha from Apollo Hospitals. Apollo has set up stalls to deal with medical queries like cardiac, robotic surgery and cholesterol problems.
The Chennai Trade Centre, the venue of the fair, was flooded with around 70 stalls. For example, Akshaya education academy’s stall focussed on a type of foot therapy called Guasa. “This is a neurological treatment where we diagnose problems like kidney stones, spinal cord problems and obesity using a special instrument. We apply pressure on the foot using the instrument and solve problems,” said Dr K Alagu Manikandan, head of Akshaya. “Not many know about this treatment, it took us sometime to make people understand that it is similar to a massage and there is nothing to worry about. Now you can see the number of people coming forward,” he said pointing out to a long line in front of his stall.
Fitness equipment dealer Aerofit showcased treadmills and other equipment in a large red bus.
“This is the first time we are doing a demo on wheels. It seems to be working as many visitors are coming forward to know about the various equipment available to help lead a healthy lifestyle,” said P Selvam.
Dr P K Partheepan, who put up a stall on his autism school, Swabhimaan, said: “Here we basically aim at educating parents of autistic and special kids about the various facilities we offer in our school. We want to tell them about the importance of sending such children to early intervention centres, as many seem to be unaware of it.”
The stall also has gift items like ear rings, mats, paper cups and photo frames for sale.
“They were made by our school children. The proceeds of the sales will go to our school,” he added.
While one end of the hall was buzzing with stalls and products, the other end was crowded with people wanting to take free medical tests. Apollo Hospitals and Lions Club had invited medical experts to assist the patients.
“I came here to check my diabetes. It’s under control and I am a happy,” said Vinayak Ram, an engineer. “They must have it on a regular basis. It’s really helpful,” he added.
The two-day exhibition is being organised by The New Indian Express and Apollo Hospitals.