US physician, Dr. Sampat Shivangi addresses PBD on health care
Dr. Sampat Shivangi of Mississippi, spoke on the subject of the “Role Of Diaspora In Promoting Healthcare Eco-System During Amritkal” at the recently held Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Indore, Jan. 9, 2023.
“We want to make India’s Health Care a World Class Endeavor, by utilizing: A. Information Technology; B. Field of Medicine; C. Finance, Banking; and, D. Politics,” Shivangi is quoted saying in a press release.
The Government of India must collaborate and harness the resources available in large organizations such as the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).
This is considered the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States, representing the interests of an estimated 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, who serve every 7th patient.
He pointed to initiatives and contributions of AAPI in several states of India and in urban and rural areas. He also dwelt on AAPI’s contributions during the Covid pandemic.
He recounted how AAPI helped raise more than $5 million dollars which were used to procure and provide 2,300 Oxygen Concentrators, over 100 Ventilators, 200 High Flow Oxygen, setting up dozens of Oxygen plants, and providing several Chemiluminescence Immuno-Analyzers (CLIA), each costing Rs. 50 Lakh. In addition, AAPI has adopted several villages and closely coordinated the overall development by providing primary care and preventive medicine to dozens of rural villages across India.
A conservative lifelong member of the Republican Party, Dr. Shivangi is the founding member of the Republican Indian Council and the Republican Indian National Council. Dr. Shivangi is the National President of Indian American Forum for Political Education, one of the oldest Indian American Associations. Over the past three decades, he has lobbied for several Bills in the US Congress on behalf of India through his enormous contacts with US Senators and Congressmen, the press release said.
Describing himself as “a close friend to the Bush family,” Shivangi said he was instrumental in lobbying for the first Diwali celebration in the White House and for President George W. Bush to make his trip to India. He had accompanied President Bill Clinton during his historic visit to India.
Dr. Shivangi is a champion of women’s health and mental health whose work has been recognized nationwide, the press release said.