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‘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 Wave
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

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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