Indian American physicians rise to covid-19 situation in India

Kicker: Start campaign for medical oxygen, tele-consult & educational webinars

“In the past week, we have been receiving nothing but mind-numbing news from many countries around the world, particularly in India, the land of our birth,” stated Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) the largest ethnic medical organization in the country, pointing to the fact that the statistics are chilling.

Dr. Jonnalagadda, while referring to the several proactive steps in educating their members and the general public about the disease, the preventive steps that needs to be taken at this time and most importantly, using all their contacts and resources at the hospital administrative and government levels to facilitate treatment protocols at various hospitals in the US and in India, urged AAPI members and the general public to step up and donate generously as India is facing one of the most serious health crises in decades. “This is the time for immediate AAPI action. As doctors, we all share a visceral urge to do something about it,” he added.

Dr. Jonnalagadda said, “We have located a source manufacturer that supplies oxygen concentrators each of which can save several lives in India. The cost of each unit is around $500. The Indian Embassy and Consulates have been extremely helpful, and will assist in the rapid shipping and customs regulations of these lifesaving units.  

Dr. Jonnalagadda announced that “AAPI with the collaboration of numerous members/Chapters has placed orders for securing and delivering oxygen concentrators for 200 units to be delivered direct to hospitals in India with the help of SEWA International, a reliable non-profit organization.”

With the purpose of educating AAPI members and their counterparts in India,  AAPI is also organizing educational webinars with small groups of doctors on zoom. 

 

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