Association of Kerala Medical Graduates/AKMG

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

Mahatma Gandhi

AKMG COVID-Support Project Report
Prepared by Dr. Nigil Haroon, President AKMG
on behalf of Dr. Subramanya Bhatt, Immediate Past President,
Dr. Sunil Kumar, Chair, AKMG HS and all members of AKMG

We may be forced to stay apart, but as a community we have marshalled together again at this time of need. Humanitarian services are at the core of AKMG's activities and existence. We will move mountains to help our fellow beings. The magnitude of the pandemic and the catastrophic images are shocking. It is only natural to feel small and disheartened. But AKMG has never sat back. As Gandhiji taught us, it is very important that we act for the right cause, no matter what the outcome maybe.

We started with the aim of raising $200,000 and we did surpass that goal within a few weeks itself. But the ripple effect of our bold and committed actions go beyond that. This 'AKMG COVID-Support' project has grown to become the largest philanthropic undertaking in the history of AKMG. Our meticulous planning and the help of our longstanding friends in Kerala helped us develop an effective project that has already made a significant difference in controlling the spread and care of COVID patients. Over 17 community organizations have joined hands with AKMG and are actively promoting this project beyond our immediate reach. Our partnership with GlobalMedic in Toronto, opened many doors. We were granted free air transportation for our goods through DHL and Qatar Airways, stretching the generous donations. Kindred, a chain of healthcare service institutions in the USA, donated $20,000. Finally, our project received a major boost in Canada with a large donation of masks from Pri-Med, a major manufacturer of medical supplies. Your support resulted in this effort growing into the largest project undertaken by AKMG.

Situation in April 2021: High level of community spread of COVID infections in India. Increasing test positivity rate in Kerala and low bed availability in major hospitals is hinting at a major crisis evolving.

Background: Many organizations are active in providing much needed help to India. Millions of dollars are flowing into India from large corporations and other countries to help support the government. Most organizations were concentrating on meeting the rising oxygen demand in large cities. Slow rate of vaccinations will not have an impact on the spread for the next 3-6 months. There is a potential for more waves of COVID infection before herd immunity can be achieved. There is a high risk of resistant variants appearing if we do not prevent the spread now.

Initial Assessment: We should concentrate on AKMG's strengths. We need local support in India for our project to succeed in a timely manner. The maximum impact in saving lives would be achieved by being proactive than reactive. We need to act in areas that are impactful yet currently being neglected. GlobalMedic, a reputable international disaster relief agency, has partnered with us before in our flood relief efforts in Kerala. GlobalMedic has excellent logistics support throughout the world and would be an ideal partner for us.

AKMG COVID Support project: The AKMG COVID Support project has four major aims.
1. Protect healthcare workers
2. Reduce community transmission
3. Launch domiciliary care program
4. Support free COVID and non-COVID consultations through telemedicine

 

Progress:
1. Domiciliary care program launched with the help of Indian Medical Association. Covid patients with mild disease will be supported in their homes. The plan is to have one health care worker linked to each patient for support. For safe monitoring pulse oximeters will be provided.
2. Student helpline launched where patients call in for help. The nearest available pulse oximeter is identified by the student from the database. The patient's care givers are directed to the facility for picking up the oximeter for free of cost use. The oximeters are all documented, returned after use, and sanitized for reuse.
3. Partnering with IMA I-Safe program with a network of 1000 small and medium clinics throughout Kerala. Two weekly educational sessions and update meetings to support and empower healthcare workers in primary and secondary care as well as in rural areas.
4. Partnering with NORKA, KMSCL and IMA to distribute much needed KN95masks and Health Canada approved, ASTM F2100 standard level 3 masks throughout Kerala.
5. Ensuring a network of private and public health sector to meet the high demand for health care. To ensure that non-COVID care is not ignored and to continue educating the public on the necessity of continuing to diligently following public health measures.
6. AKMG partnered with Innovation Incubator Holding to develop the DronaCare telemedicine App.
7. Over 15 community organizations have joined hands with AKMG in support.

Materials Supplied in the project (including those pending at the time of interim report)

Item

Total Number

Current Status

ASTM F2100 standard level 3 masks

20 million

Shipment in batches

KN95 Masks

146,000

Received by KMSCL/IMA
Distribution in progress

Pulse Oximeters

2000

Received by IMA and launched domiciliary care program

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