There are more than 100,000 Indian-origin US physicians that are working in the US along with frontline healthcare workers. The organization of Indian-origin US physicians known as American Physicians of Indian-origin (AAPI) that was founded in 1982 has raised USD 100,000 to buy protective equipment for the doctors. It has started certain webinars and hotlines to give assistance and help to the members of the community. They are also helping out students and parents visiting from India that do not have any access to health insurance or prescription of medicines.
The US government officials have also appreciated the work of Indian doctors on site and said that they are contributing a lot to fight the virus. The AAPI is working closely with the Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu to address the various issues faced by Indians in America and also are reaching out to them in this time of crisis. Along with this, the Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI) which a US-based NGO has donated 25,000 meals to New York Food Banks for homeless and daily wage earners, 4,000 N95 masks to frontline healthcare workers and medical equipment to the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.
The president of AAPI Dr. Suresh Reddy talked about how lifting the lockdown in the US is not that easy because if it is not done in a well-planned and careful manner with strict restrictions thereafter, there is a 100% chance that the virus will come back and affect even worse than ever seen before. He stressed out the three major points that are taken into consideration while accessing the pandemic – Governments enforcing disease prevention strategies, doctors, and medical profession offering critical care and the general public by the amount of discipline they show.