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Michelle invites Indian doctor for State of the Union Address

US First Lady Michelle Obama has invited a prominent Indian-American doctor, who is playing a key role in fighting the dreaded Ebola disease in West Africa, for Wednesday’s State of the Union Address.

Dr Pranav Shetty from the International Medical Corps is the only Indian-American to be invited by the First Lady to her box in the US Congress when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union Address.

The invitation to Shetty comes days ahead of Obama’s visit to India to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade, a first for a US President.

Shetty is the Global Emergency Health Coordinator for International Medical Corps, a critical partner in the US-supported effort to bring the Ebola epidemic under control in West Africa.

In August 2014, Shetty deployed to Liberia to establish and oversee two Ebola treatment units, teams of rapid responders that deploy to Ebola hot spots across the country, and a training center for local and international health care workers now working on the frontlines of the Ebola response effort, the White House said. Shetty arrived back in the US in late December.

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