Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz urges immigrant medical professionals to join fight against COVID-19

You should know that there are about 65,000 certified doctors with licenses from other countries who cannot practice their professions due to not having the requirements that this nation demands.

These medical workers, for the most part have vast experience in their countries where they have practiced medicine in their hospitals and clinics. Upon moving to the United States, these doctors are required to have a year of clinicals/ residency study and then must pass an examination to obtain a license that will legally authorize them to practice medicine in the United States.

It is important that you also know that with the “Corona Virus Pandemic”, the Nation’s hospitals are going through a crisis as a result of shortages in doctors, nurses, and medical personnel that are crucial given the increase of people affected by the “CoVid- 19”

The solution to these shortages in medical personnel is right in front of us. Sadly, and unfortunately those in charge of our medical care don’t want to see it.

The United States, given the seriousness of loss of life due to this pandemic, must temporarily suspend said requirements and recruit doctors, nurses, and other crucial medical personnel authorizing those immigrants with medical licenses from other countries, to be hired to serve and practice medicine in all American hospitals. This would go a long way in helping us resolve some of the medical needs which are confronting medical shortages in so many of our hospitals.

New York State has already taken this initiative. Therefore, if you are a medical professional, an immigrant with a medical license from another country, and are a resident of New York State, please go and offer your medical services in one of our local hospitals.

This is Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. and this is what you should know.

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