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Indian Doctors, Trained Abroad, Forced To Stand By As Covid Sweeps The Nation | India News

GUWAHATI: Some 90,000 Indian doctors with medical degrees from Russia, China and Ukraine urge government to put them to work in the battle against Covid-19 instead of sitting idly by waiting for local licenses.
Nowhere in the world has been more affected by the pandemic than in India, as a new variant of the virus caused an increase in infections that rose to more than 400,000 a day, with more than 4,000 deaths a day, overwhelming the Health System.
Graduates of medical schools abroad, such as Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan, must pass local exams in India before they can practice.
Many have passed the exams and are waiting to be licensed, while others are due to take the exam next month.
“We are not demanding that foreign graduates be allowed to perform surgery, but they should be allowed to work as front-line workers at such a critical juncture,” said Najeerul Ameen, president of the All India Foreign Medical Graduates Association.
Health experts warn that India will soon face a shortage of medical personnel in intensive care units as the second wave takes its toll.
“In the coming weeks we will see the death of patients in ICUs (intensive care units) because there may not be nurses or doctors to take care of them. This is going to happen,” said Dr. Devi Shetty, a prominent cardiologist at a conference. recent.
Last week, overworked nurses and paramedics at government hospitals in Gujarat went on strike to demand better wages and insurance coverage.
Ameen said thousands of foreign medical graduates were inactive despite being eager to work. The World Health Organization recognizes their titles.
Officials at the National Examination Board (NBE) said the exams were mandatory because they had not been trained in India.
“They are not used to the health problems of indigenous people at all,” said Pawanindra Lal, executive director of the NBE.
The Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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