The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) a 80,000 strong membership body of medical professionals have come forward to help India tackle raging Covid crisis by raising 2 million Dollars fund along with SEWA international to ship oxygen supply equipments and launch a free Covid tele-consultation service as reported by the Times of India.

The AAPI President, DrSudhakar Jonnalagadda, a gastroentrologist in Georgia’s Douglas, reportedly said, that they are sending oxygen supply equipments including concentrators, ventilators, nasal cannula, BiPAP and CPAP machines which are urgently required by patients and hospitals in India. He said that some of these consignments would reach India this week and they are in talks with more suppliers in the US as the need is very high in India.

He also said that some of their members are going to Washington DC to speak to President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris to urge them to send AstraZeneca vaccines stockpiled by the US government and unused to India.

According to the AAPI, one in six American patient is being treated by an Indian doctor. Indian doctors were frontline warriors in America which was hit badly during the first and second wave of the pandemic. Many Indian doctors treating Covid patients in America also suffered hugely, some even lost their lives. The AAPI, thus wants to share its knowledge and experience gained over one year of dealing with the virus with their counterparts in India.

The organisation is going to launch daily consultation free of cost for Covid patients in India on the eGlobalDoctors platform this week. Dr. Srreni Gangasani, a cardiologist and member of board of trustees of the AAPI said that “Patients and physicians in India can avail tele-consultation on different aspects of treatment, medication, change in protocols, breathing exercises and vaccinations. We wnt to reach out to more and more patients in India from the safety of our homes and share our lessons and experience over the past year.”

He further added, “We have many volunteers for this — not just Indian Americans, but doctors in the UK and several other countries. This we feel, will help patients who patients who can be cured with treatment at home and stop many of them from getting nervous and rushing to hospitals which are under pressure with more serious cases.”

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