Demonetisation of high value currency notes has added to the problems of several foreign nationals who are in India to medical treatment. They claim that they are facing difficulties in getting exchange for foreign currency and paying hospital, food and accommodation bills.
“Most currency exchanges agree to change $100 dollars a day, which means I have to make several trips to get enough money to pay bills and rent,” said Elizabeth Njeri Mukui, a Kenyan, who is in Delhi with her parents who are being treated for skin cancer (melanoma) and prostate cancer at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
The kindness of strangers helped Makui survive the worst of it. “A week after I landed in India, the ban on Rs 500 and 1,000 notes was announced. A lot of the money that I had exchanged was in the scrapped notes. But, the hospital was helpful and accepted the money,” she said.