Posted February 05, 2020 17:05:00 Medical professionals from India have travelled to the US for training purposes and are working on an Ebola response.
The Indian medical profession has already started its own Ebola response programme in India, where they have been training doctors, nurses, and medical technicians for the past two years, according to NDTV News.
In the US, India’s medical teams have already visited more than 400 patients in isolation in the Dallas hospital.
In addition, the Indian medical teams in the U.S. have trained about 30 more medics, including emergency room nurses, on how to work in isolation.
A major issue in the Ebola response in India is the lack of trained and skilled nurses.
“The health care workers in India are trained to do very basic things like checking blood pressure and checking pulse rate, but they are also trained to be able to provide immediate medical care,” said Dr Arvind Srivastava, president of the International Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ISISMH), an organisation dedicated to improving the lives and health of people living in tropical countries.
Srivastavava added that most of India’s health care professionals are not trained in basic health care or other skills that would be required in the international arena.
The US is the most important country for Indian medical workers in the world, as it has a lot of medical needs, including in the area of healthcare management.
“They are coming to the United States because they want to do more training and get experience in other areas,” said Srivamohan.
He added that the training programme has also been successful for other Indian medical professionals working in Europe.
“I have met doctors in Germany, in the UK, in Ireland, in France, in Spain, and they all said, ‘We want to get trained in US so that we can go and help our friends in the West.’
India is also a good place for them to go, since we have a lot to offer them,” said Ramesh Shrestha, an associate professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, who has worked in India for the last 20 years.
Shrestha said that Indian medical personnel are highly motivated and they have very little training.
“We are also getting trained to work on Ebola and related issues, and we are getting some training in the field of Ebola.
This is a good time for us to come to the States,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that nearly 6,000 people have died in the outbreak in West Africa, but the exact number of deaths is unclear.
While the Indian and U.K. teams are working together, the US has also brought its own medical teams.