COVID Warrior: Meet 34-year-old US Returned Doctor Helping India Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID Warrior: Meet 34-year-old US Returned Doctor Helping India Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Harmandeep Singh Boparai is currently working with Doctors Without Borders at a 1000-bed COVID hospital in Mumbai, training doctors and nurses
COVID Warrior Meet 34-year-old US Returned Doctor Helping India Fight Against COVID-19 PandemicBy staying back in India, Dr Harmandeep Singh Boparai intends to continue to help fill necessary gaps in healthcare infrastructure and fight COVID-19
Highlights
  • Dr Harmandeep Singh Boparai worked in New York during the first COVID wave
  • Dr Boparai came to Amritsar in April this year to help India fight COVID
  • Dr Boparai is presently working with Doctors Without Borders in Mumbai

New Delhi: After working as a frontline worker in New York during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Dr Harmandeep Singh Boparai returned to his hometown, Amritsar earlier this year, to help with the increasing number of COVID cases After seeing the country’s struggle with the massive caseload during the second wave of the pandemic, 34-year-old Dr Boparai, who is a specialist in anaesthesiology and critical care, decided to stay back and help his colleagues fight the invisible enemy. In an interview with NDTV, the COVID warrior recalled working in New York and spoke at length about working in India.

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I was in New York during the first wave of the pandemic when it hit the United States after Italy and China. When I came back to India in April, my intention was to use the lessons that we had learnt abroad in order to start building capacity and helping out both the healthcare professionals here as well as the infrastructure. The cases started rising very rapidly so I decided to stay on and defer all my other commitments because we needed all hands on the deck, said Dr Boparai.

Following this, Dr Boparai went to Mumbai with an international humanitarian organisation called Doctors Without Borders and spent about three weeks with them at a 1000-bed COVID hospital. Talking about his work in Mumbai, Dr Boparai said,

We assisted in the wards with our team and also we were able to train nearly 300 or more doctors and nurses in some way to emergently see COVID patients.

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Further talking about how COVID affected the US and India and how the two countries fought the pandemic, Dr Boparai said,

Though the healthcare infrastructure in the US is definitely much more advanced, still, the frontline workers were caught unaware to some extent during the first wave in New York. Our system was overwhelmed by the number of patients, but we still had enough doctors and nurses, we still had a manageable caseload.

“In India, what we have seen is that our existing infrastructure has been massively overwhelmed just because of the number of cases we have seen. With that, our supply chains, our oxygen supplies, everything has been stressed”, he added.

Dr Boparai also highlighted another difference that here, in India, everyone, healthcare workers and civilians went the extra mile to help others and sail through the crisis which according to him is encouraging. However, now that the COVID cases are lower in the country, Dr Boparai suggests taking the stock of the situation and continuing to build the capacity, train and rest wherever possible.

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Sharing his learnings from the pandemic, Dr Boparai said,

Even with limited facilities and infrastructure, we can help a great number of people, if we can make sure that we have efficient use of that infrastructure, as well as enough support for the people who are working.

To tackle the future caseload, Dr Boparai recommends supporting healthcare professionals and other people who are on the frontlines by giving them mental health breaks and training wherever necessary.

One of my intentions in staying here is to continue to help fill any of these gaps that are necessary, said Dr Boparai as he signed off.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

129

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