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At least 1000 doctors from Covid-19 have died till now, says IMA

Friday, October 2, 2020

 At least 1000 doctors from Covid-19 have died, says IMA

Doctors and members of Indian Medical Association Pune pay tribute by lighting up candles to the fellow martyr doctors, who died while doing their duties in treating COVID-19 patients, at Tilak road, on September 11, 2020 in Pune, India.

"Our latest figures show that 515 allopathic and rest ayurvedic, homeopathic, unani medicine doctors treating Covid-19 patients have died in the country so far. They are all in different physicians that we have identified through our various branches of the IMA - there are 1,746 functional branches across the country.

"The number could actually be much higher," said Dr. Rajan Sharma, president of the International Mine Action Institute.

According to the IMA database, the ratio of patients to the doctor is 1:194. The majority of physicians (201) were in the 60-70 age group, followed by 171 people killed in the 50-60 age group.

Sixat was over 70 and 59 were between 35 and 50 years old. At least 18 doctors had died under the age of 35.

However, the government maintains that there is no central database to provide the exact number of physicians who have lost their lives in the service.

The Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Kumar Chubby, recently told Parliament that public health and hospitals are at the top of the way, and therefore the centre does not maintain such databases.

The only record that is kept is the number of compensations processed under the government's insurance scheme for health workers in the epidemic - the Pradan Mantry Garib Kalian Yujana Package.

At the September 22 briefing, the Federation's Minister of Health, Rajesh Buchan, said that 242 applications under the plan had been processed or processed.

"We are closely monitoring the data as part of the Prime Minister's pandemic response program. There is up to 50% insurance coverage for all front-line health care workers, which has recently been extended to March 2021. Under this package, 62 claims have been settled, and more than 130 claims are being processed... More than 50 claims have not yet come from countries.

Up to this number is half the number published by IMA. 

"How can the Centre wash its hands of its responsibility? How can you not maintain a central database when you need an Aadhar card to get tested for Covid-19 through the reverse-polymer reaction series (RT-PCR) test. How hard is it to get this? Said Dr. Sharma.

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