Washington: An eminent Indian-American doctor from India who has been battling swine flu in India has said that it is high time that the government in the country expedites the process of training its doctors in infectious diseases otherwise it will be very effective in bringing the situation under control. It may be late.
With a country of more than one billion population, India is literally sitting on a bomb at the time of infectious disease, and it is quite disappointing that the Indian government and health officials are reluctant to expedite the process in this regard despite knowing the fact, Dr. Naveen, one of the founders of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and its former president, said.

Dr. Shah says that he has been running a failed campaign in New Delhi for the last three years to motivate India to train its doctors in infectious diseases (ID).
Shah, who hails from Pune city, said, “There are over 50 million infectious disease patients in India and no specialists. In comparison, in the US, where deaths due to ID are very low, there are about 6,000 ID specialists.” in an interview.

A country of one billion people needs at least 15,000 ID specialists.

Dr. Shah, a Maryland-based urologist, says that New Delhi is not going to take up his offer to train at least one Indian doctor in America on infectious diseases for free.



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