I am Dr. Raja Natarajan and I work as a Clinical Director and Consultant psychiatrist in the UK.
I have managed hospitals in the UK when the Covid wave was in a peak affecting people to a severe and unimaginable extent. I am sharing my learning from this awful experience with the Indian hospitals to help prevent the current situation in India getting even worse and to find ways to support the people affected by covid.
This deadly disease is continuing to affect millions of people in India leading to an exponential death count. As of 5 May 2021, in India, 20.7 million people tested positive for covid and 226,000 people have died due to Covid ( possibly an undercount ).
Government and private hospitals are full of Covid patients with several others waiting for ICU beds.
As you can imagine, everyday, there is increasing demand for oxygen supplies, medicines and hospital beds to help people recover from this deadly disease.
Many people affected by Covid are finding it extremely difficult to self quarantine, buy medicines and food supplies during the quarantine period.
Urgent support is needed to ensure that timely care is provided to save lives of people affected by Covid in India.
People also need support to quarantine following a Covid positive test and get timely treatment.
Your funds will help to:
- Provide timely support for people recovering from Covid
- Ensure that people are able to afford the treatment they need if they are diagnosed with Covid.
- Enable recovery through self quarantine and offer the support needed during their recovery period. 1 person effectively self quarantining can prevent spreading the virus to several others.
Curry for Covid is a humble gesture where I am cooking curry boxes with rice for hospital staff helping covid patients in the UK to raise money towards Covid recovery in India. So far I have raised Rs. 10,00,000 to help our people in India.
Whilst the severely unwell people are battling against Covid in intensive care units, ( if they are lucky enough to find a bed), the mild - moderately unwell people with covid need support to access treatment, food and medical supplies when they are isolating either in a hospital bed ( where available ) or in their own homes.
If we are able to support as many mild - moderately unwell people as possible to self- quarantine with the necessary medical and food supplies, we can stop the spread of the disease and ease the pressure on the ICU beds as much as possible.
A rough estimate is that it costs around Rs. 5000 for someone tested positive for covid, with mild symptoms, to self-quarantine in their own homes for at least 10 days with the required medical and food supplies.
This is a great opportunity for us to spread compassion, care and love through these small acts of kindness to let people know that we care because even through the darkest days, humanity still prevails.
If not now, then when?