Friday October 19, 2018
Home India Indian-Americ...

Indian-American Doctors raise voice regarding Shortage of Physicians in US and Hate Crimes against the Community

0
//
66
Doctors (representational Image), Pixabay
Republish
Reprint

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017: Influential Indian-American doctors will hold a meeting in Washington on Wednesday to push for legislative reforms to address the shortage of the physicians in the US and raise voice against the recent upsurge in hate crimes against the community.

The annual American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Legislative Day at the US Capitol will also focus on issues pertaining to health care reforms and green card backlog. AAPI is the largest organisation that represents Indian-American doctors in the country, said PTI.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.

“There is an ongoing physician shortage, which affects the quality of care provided to American patients. There are patients who face lengthy delays in various specialities. This situation will only get worse in the years ahead,” states Dr Sampat Shivangi, chair of AAPI Legislative Affairs.

According to PTI reports, the legislation that was introduced in previous sessions of Congress will add 15,000 residency slots, training up to 45,000 more physicians, he said.

“By adding more residency positions today, Congress can train more physicians to treat patients in the future,” Shivangi added.

Noting that AAPI condemns all hate crimes against the Indian-American community, he further stated that the organisation recently dispatched a letter to Kansas legislators calling on them to enact a hate crimes law named after Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 NewsGram

Next Story

Paralysis Causing Illness In Children Baffles Doctors

Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites.

0
paralysis
Children inspect a Blue Morpho butterfly at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Oct. 3, 2018. Little is known about acute flaccid myelitis, but it is known that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.. VOA

Federal and state health officials are baffled by a mysterious and rare illness that seems to target children, causing paralysis.

As of Tuesday, 62 cases of what doctors are calling acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states. Sixty-five suspected cases are being investigated.

“There is a lot we don’t know about AFM and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness,” Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday.

What is known about the illness is that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.

paralysis
But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year. Pixabay

Victims generally suffer from muscle weakness and some paralysis of the face, neck, back, arms and legs. The paralysis sets in about a week after the children have come down with fever and respiratory illness.

There is no specific treatment, and most of the victims recover. But the long-term effects are still unknown.

Messonnier called it a “pretty dramatic disease.”

Health experts have ruled out some causes, including poliovirus and West Nile virus.

But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year — with larger numbers in 2014, 2016 and this year — and fewer cases in 2015 and 2017.

Also Read: The Woe’s Of Indonesian Children

Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites. Doctors are also urging that vaccines be kept up to date.

Any child experiencing weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms and legs should be examined immediately. (VOA)