‘Doctors Are Understaffed And Overworked’, Says IMA After India Loses 269 Doctors In The Second COVID-19 Wave

‘Doctors Are Understaffed And Overworked’, Says IMA After India Loses 269 Doctors In The Second COVID-19 Wave

India has lost 269 doctors during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, since April first week. Of this, 50 deaths were recorded on May 16 alone, reports the Indian Medical Association (IMA)
'Doctors Are Understaffed And Overworked', Says IMA After India Loses 269 Doctors In The Second COVID-19 WaveThe Indian Medical Association has called for martyr level recognition and benefits for doctors dying because of COVID-19
Highlights
  • 26-year-old, Anas Mujahid, a junior Resident Doctor the youngest casualty
  • At 78, Bihar has reported the highest COVID-19 deaths among doctors
  • Only 3 to 4% of these doctors were fully vaccinated: IMA National President

New Delhi: As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, it’s not leaving even the healthcare workers, India’s COVID warriors. India has lost 269 doctors during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, since April first week, finds the data collated by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Of this, 50 deaths were recorded on May 16 alone. The youngest casualty recorded is 26-year-old, Anas Mujahid, a junior Resident Doctor at Delhi’s COVID dedicated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Dr Mujahid died within hours of testing positive due to COVID-19.

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Dr Mujahid had minor symptoms like sore throat and tested positive in an antigen test at the hospital. In a rare case of sudden progression, he collapsed soon after and died due to intracranial bleeding. He is survived by his parents and four siblings.

It has been a week since the death of Dr Mujahid, but his friend and colleague Dr Aamir Sohail is still struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss. While talking to NDTV, Dr Sohail said,

It was shocking for everyone who knew him. He had no comorbidity. He was a very dedicated doctor.

Dr Mujahid was yet to get vaccinated. Explaining the vaccination process for the healthcare workers at GTB, Dr Sohail said,

Many colleagues here, including me, have not taken the jab. Our process of getting vaccinated while being on COVID duty is long. We have to inform superiors and get their signature etc. He was planning to get the jab in the next few days.

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The highest COVID-19 deaths among doctors have been reported from Bihar with 78, followed by Uttar Pradesh (37) and Delhi (28). In the first wave of the COVID-9 pandemic, 736 doctors died, reports IMA. Talking to NDTV about the difference between the first and second wave and what is causing more deaths this time, Dr J A Jayalal, National President, IMA said,

In the first wave, the progression of the disease was relatively slow. From the first day of the onset, the lung infection would take almost seven to eight days. But now, within a very short time, the infection directly spreads to the lungs resulting in extensive lung damage. Secondly, doctors are exposed to a heavy viral load because of long working hours and insufficient quarantine time. A lot of infection is happening outside the corridors of the COVID centre through a lot of general patients showing no suspicion of COVID infection.

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IMA is following up with the family of the doctors who have died due to COVID-19 and collating data on how many of them were vaccinated. As per Dr Jayalal, only 3 to 4 per cent of these doctors were fully vaccinated but the final data is yet to come out. Talking about the loss of lives and the need for vaccination, Dr Jayesh Lele, General Secretary, IMA, told NDTV,

We would definitely investigate the matter and persuade our IMA doctors to see that all doctors – frontline healthcare workers as well as paramedical workers – take the vaccine. The government has employed very few doctors and they are overburdened. Many times they have to work for 48 hours at a stretch without any rest. This adds to the viral load and they ultimately succumb to the COVID infection.

Dr Jayalal alleged a lack of specialised care for healthcare workers on COVID duty and no provision of reserving beds for them. Urging the government to augment the manpower, Dr Jayalal said,

Our aim is only to take care of our healthcare workers. Our demand is specialised care for doctors. The government should come out and support the families of doctors who died of COVID-19. They should be recognised as martyrs and benefits of martyrs should be given to these people.

While the IMA data suggests that around 1,000 doctors have died due to COVID since the start of the pandemic, the actual numbers may be far higher as the IMA only keeps a record of its 3.27 lakh members.

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World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

126

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