Saturday, January 25, 2020

25 Jan Indian Govt should pay for the treatment of India trapped in China with Corona Virus

25 Jan Indian Govt should pay for the treatment of India trapped in China with Corona Virus

To Shri Narendra Modi ji
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

Dear sir

Subject: Preeti Maheshwari the first Indian victim of coronavirus in China needs ₹1 crore for treatment. The Indian Government should pay

The family of Indian national afflicted with the coronavirus pneumonia and battling for life has reached out to India for financial help reports The Mint.

Unable to fund ₹1 crore needed for Preeti Maheshwari’s treatment in China, her brother Manish Thapa, an employee at Amazon, Bengaluru has reached out to the Indian embassy in Beijing for financial help. He has also got in touch with a healthcare crowd funding platform in India to arrange for her hospital expenses.

Maheshwari, a primary art school teacher at the International School of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, is suffering from coronavirus pneumonia, type 1 respiratory failure, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) and septic shock. She is undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit at Shekou Hospital in Shenzhen, China, and is on external respiratory support, ventilators, dialysis and blood purification process.

Currently the treatment is costing 10 lakh Chinese Yuan which is Rs. 1 crore in Indian currency.

The family is also considering shifting her to India for further treatment if needed.

Comments: In these situations, Indian Government should take the responsibilities of treatment of such cases and get them treated in the country where they get infected. If the same is not done Indians getting corona virus infection in China will supress their information about fever and cough symptoms, take anti fever and anti cough medicines to dodge the immigration. This will be much more costly to the country than to treat people like Preeti.

An urgent policy decision is needed in this regard. When the country can support all Indians to get citizenship from neighbouring countries during hardship this policy will be a goodwill policy for Indians trapped in china in need of treatment.

Recipient of four National Awards (Padma Shri, Vishwa Hindi Samman, Dr B C Roy National Award and National Science Communication Award)
President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Chairman HCFI Round Table on Health & wellness, Building Consensus
Past National President and Past Honorary Secretary General, Indian Medical Association

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