Young Indian-American doctor flies back to India to save people from fatal Covid-19
After seeing a disastrous surge in the number of coronavirus cases, the 34-year old doctor returned to Amritsar to handle growing number of patients
As India struggles to contain the second wave of coronavirus which has already taken thousands of lives, an Indian-American Sikh doctor has chosen to return to his hometown and do his bit to defeat the deadly virus.
Dr Harmandeep Singh Boparai was born in Amritsar and did his MBBS from Amritsar Government Medical College before moving to New York in 2011. After seeing a disastrous surge in the number of coronavirus cases, the 34-year old doctor returned to his hometown, Amritsar to work for his people and his country.
His next stop will be a 1,000-bed hospital in Mumbai where he has been pulled in by an international medical humanitarian organisation named Doctors Without Borders. He is scheduled to leave for Mumbai on Monday and will serve there for the next couple of weeks.
Talking about his parents who were both Doctors, Harmandeep says that he would continue to help all those who are in dire need of medical assistance until the situation becomes normal. He also added that his mother who was a gynaecologist, who passed away in 2011 had inspired her to do volunteer service since his childhood and inculcated this feeling of sewa into his mind.
He has also imparted training to many doctors and nurses in his hometown Amritsar, especially at Dukh Niwaran Hospital which has now been given on lease and was earlier run by Harman’s father as a charitable hospital.
Talking about the different waves that have affected people around the world and the catastrophic effect that now India is witnessing, he says “.....We could have vaccinated many more people so far. But, due to issues in the system, help couldn’t reach many in time.
“Doctors in the health department, especially in Punjab, have been working so hard in order to save lives. We must continue to support them and give them our best wishes and solidarity, for this is not an easy job,” Dr Harmandeep Singh said.