SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 pandemic is raging in India and hospitals are full of people infected with the deadly virus. However, a local nonprofit steps in to help.

“When I see these images from the COVID-19 pandemic in India, it’s heartbreaking,” said Missam Merchant, president of the San Antonio Indian Nurses Association, or SAINA.

More than 17,000,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported and more than 195,000 people have died in India, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

Merchant, who works as a hospital director for a health system in San Antonio, said he was motivated to help because she had family and friends in India. He said that something must be done to help the people of India immediately.

“We urge people to consider any donation they think is possible,” said Merchant.

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SAINA raises money to help medical facilities collect personal protective equipment and other items.

According to Merchant, the money will also be used to provide hygiene kits for the most vulnerable.

“For the past two years the San Antonio Indian Association has worked tirelessly to serve the San Antonio community,” said Merchant.

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