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2 medicos stranded in US since Dec, wait for ministry response

June 04, 2020 05:44 AM


2 medicos stranded in US since Dec, wait for ministry response


Two MBBS medical students doing internship from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, have been stranded in the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, since December.

The doctors, with the help of the college officials, apprised the ministry of external affairs last month, but they are still waiting for a response. The two doctors had gone to the US for clinical clerkship (a voluntary training during internship) on tourist visa and because of which they cannot work there to sustain.

Dr B S Chavan, director principal at GMCH-32, in his letter to the MEA, had mentioned urgency in bringing back these students as they have to complete their compulsory rotating internship at GMCH-32, which has already started, and any further delay, would adversely affect the two students academic career.

Disturbed and anxious, Dr Akash Kartik, who had come for clinical clerkship to the US along with his friend Dr Gagan Kalra, has run out of money.

“I was contacted by the Cleveland clinic and Mayo clinic during my internship to come and learn their way of working. I arrived at Cleveland in December until March 22. However, when the pandemic struck here, all the flights to India were cancelled immediately. It has been more than two months and I am still waiting to go back. I am out of funds and I can’t sustain here anymore as I am on a tourist visa which will expire on June 23,” said Dr Akash.

He said as he could not pay the rent for his accommodation, after a few days of concession, he was asked to leave. “I had borrowed cash and had no electronic money. So I asked for help from my family. But things are too expensive here without a job,” he added.

He said, “All of this is having an impact on my mental health and I am severely depressed. I tried contacting the MEA, the embassy, but nothing has worked out so far. There are only a few evacuation flights and a lot of other people are stranded like me. I am still waiting for my turn.”

Acknowledging that a letter has been received from the medical college, Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher said, “I am forwarding the letter to the MEA. There are many people who are stranded and we are trying to get them back.”


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