Indian Medical Association Calls Out The Indifference Towards ‘National Heroes’, Releases A List Of 382 Doctors Who Died Of COVID-19

Indian Medical Association Calls Out The Indifference Towards ‘National Heroes’, Releases A List Of 382 Doctors Who Died Of COVID-19

In a strongly worded letter, the Indian Medical Association has called out the central government for not having any data on doctors and healthcare workers who died while treating COVID-19 patients
Indian Medical Association Calls Out The Indifference Towards ‘National Heroes’, Releases A List Of 382 Doctors Who Died Of COVID-19On September 15, in a parliament session, Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey had said that the government does not have any data on healthcare workers who have died of COVID-19
Highlights
  • No nation has lost as many doctors and healthcare workers like India: IMA
  • IMA demanded the status of martyrs for doctors who died of COVID-19
  • Around 14% of COVID-19 cases reported to WHO are among health workers: WHO

New Delhi: In a letter dated September 16, the Indian Medical Association has accused Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan of acknowledging the contribution of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic while not saying a word about the medical professionals who died due to COVID-19. The IMA has also pointed out Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s statement made in parliament on September 15 that ‘the Union government does not have any compensation data as public health and hospitals come under the states’. The IMA in its letter has accused the government of ‘indifference’, ‘abdication’ and ‘abandonment of national heroes’.

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The indifference to the sacrifice of doctors and healthcare workers is the reality of COVID-19. It appears that they are dispensable. No nation has lost as many doctors and healthcare workers like India. Doctor suffers four times mortality of ordinary citizens and private practitioners suffer eight times mortality on the same scale. To feign this information doesn’t merit the attention of the nation is abominable, read the IMA statement.

According to IMA, if the government doesn’t maintain the statistics of the total number of doctors and healthcare workers infected by COVID-19 and the statistics of how many of them sacrificed their life due to the pandemic, it loses the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

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Under the Epidemic Act 1897, the Central government as well as state government, have the power to take special measures and prescribe regulations to prevent the spread of a dangerous epidemic disease. Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, governments get access to appropriate funds in order to respond and provide immediate relief to victims.

The IMA also called government hypocrite as on one hand it gives the title of ‘corona warriors’ to health professionals and on the other hand, it denies them and their families the status of martyrdom.

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In response to ministers’ statements, IMA released a list of 382 doctors who died of COVID-19 and demanded that they should be treated as martyrs and family should be given compensation. Drawing the analogy between the role of soldiers and doctors and healthcare workers, IMA said,

While the brave soldiers on the borders countenance the enemy they do so with enormous risk to their personal self. Yet none of them bring home the bullets to be shared with their families. On the contrary, the doctors and healthcare workers not only get infected in the line of their national duty but also bring home the infection to their families including children.

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As per the list of doctors, the nation lost due to COVID-19, prepared by IMA, the youngest doctor to die of COVID was a 24-year-old from Haryana and the oldest was an 86-year-old from Tamil Nadu. Four of the 382 doctors who contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty and dies were under 30 years of age.

Five states with the highest number of doctors that died of COVID-19 are Tamil Nadu (lost 63 doctors), Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka lost 42 doctors each, Gujarat (39) and in Maharashtra, 36 doctors lost their lives while trying to cure COVID-19 patients.

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IMA finds it strange that after having formulated an unfriendly partial insurance scheme for the bereaved families to struggle with the ignominy of the Government disowning them altogether stares at them, the statement read.

In March, the Union Health Ministry had announced that 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers, including community health workers, will get ₹ 50 lakh insurance cover under a national scheme.

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Keep Health Workers Safe To Keep Patients Safe, Says The World Health Organisation

On September 17, on the occasion of World Patient Safety Day, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, made an appeal to the government to protect health workers in order to keep patients safe. Dr Tedross highlighted the mounting reports of infections, illness and attacks among health workers fighting COVID-19 and said,

While health workers represent less than 3 per cent of the population in the large majority of countries and less than 2 per cent in almost all low- and middle-income countries, around 14 per cent of COVID-19 cases reported to WHO are among health workers. In some countries, the proportion can be as high as 35 per cent. However, data availability and quality are limited, and it is not possible to establish whether health workers were infected in the workplace or in community settings. Thousands of health workers infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide.

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WHO also mentioned about the extraordinary levels of psychological stress on health workers exposed to high-demand settings for long hours, living in constant fear of disease exposure while separated from family and facing social stigmatisation.

According to a systematic review and meta-analysis of ‘Prevalence of depression, anxiety, and insomnia among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic’, one in four reported depression and anxiety, and one in three suffered insomnia during COVID-19.

The WHO recommends five steps to improve health worker safety and patient safety:

1. Establish synergies between health worker safety and patient safety policies and strategies
2. Develop and implement national programmes for occupational health and safety of health workers
3. Protect health workers from violence in the workplace
4. Improve mental health and psychological well-being
5. Protect health workers from physical and biological hazards

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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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