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Good Sports: Free Medical Care from America

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2021
Good Sports: Free Medical  Care from America

Many Indian Americans have responded to the Covid crisis in India by donating money for much-needed medical equipment and supplies. Dolly Arjun, a physician assistant in Boston, has been helping patients directly.

She offers free healthcare to Covid patients in India through a telehealth program she started a few years ago. The program serves members of Indigenous tribes and Dalits. A Dalit herself, Arjun knows the obstacles they face in accessing proper healthcare.

Patients make contact through Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube, and receive a video call from Arjun or two other physician volunteers. Despite a rigorous schedule in Boston, Arjun is eager to help in whatever way she can, even if it’s just allaying a patient’s fears.

“Tons of people are dying,” she told The New York Times. “This is just a human to human need.”


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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