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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-19

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

22,81,49,892Cases
19,07,93,163Active
3,26,71,167Recovered
46,85,562Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,81,49,892 and 46,85,562 have died; 19,07,93,163 are active cases and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 3:52 am.

India

3,34,48,163 30,773Cases
3,32,1588,481Active
3,26,71,167 38,945Recovered
4,44,838 309Deaths
In India, there are 3,34,48,163 confirmed cases including 4,44,838 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,32,158 and 3,26,71,167 have recovered as on September 19, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,18,502 3,391

51,472 530

63,28,561 3,841

1,38,469 80

Kerala

44,88,813 19,325

1,81,411 8,084

42,83,963 27,266

23,439 143

Karnataka

29,67,083 889

15,783 205

29,13,713 1,080

37,587 14

Tamil Nadu

26,43,683 1,653

16,893 50

25,91,480 1,581

35,310 22

Andhra Pradesh

20,37,353 1,174

14,653 144

20,08,639 1,309

14,061 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,652 9

193 2

16,86,572 7

22,887

West Bengal

15,61,014 728

7,967 41

15,34,406 757

18,641 12

Delhi

14,38,469 41

404 3

14,12,980 44

25,085

Odisha

10,19,621 695

5,929 689

10,05,564

8,128 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,042 28

332 14

9,91,150 42

13,560

Rajasthan

9,54,246 8

102 2

9,45,190 10

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,715 13

143 11

8,15,490 24

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,386 6

97 12

7,81,772 18

10,517

Haryana

7,70,711 6

323 0

7,60,580 6

9,808

Bihar

7,25,881 10

65 0

7,16,158 10

9,658

Telangana

6,63,281 255

5,148 75

6,54,230 329

3,903 1

Punjab

6,01,236 30

316 7

5,84,453 23

16,467

Assam

5,97,709 365

5,063 102

5,86,856 465

5,790 2

Jharkhand

3,48,114 3

74 20

3,42,907 23

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,376 21

282 0

3,35,704 20

7,390 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,773 152

1,479 39

3,21,878 113

4,416

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,813 174

1,610 30

2,11,554 142

3,649 2

Goa

1,75,414 123

771 40

1,71,351 81

3,292 2

Puducherry

1,25,384 128

924 5

1,22,631 122

1,829 1

Manipur

1,18,261 140

2,180 92

1,14,251 228

1,830 4

Tripura

83,840 31

367 37

82,665 67

808 1

Meghalaya

79,325 119

1,876 76

76,075 192

1,374 3

Mizoram

79,171 1,104

14,456 161

64,456 938

259 5

Chandigarh

65,176 4

35 1

64,323 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,060 32

461 44

53,328 76

271

Sikkim

30,893 54

728 28

29,786 82

379

Nagaland

30,840 60

491 20

29,696 39

653 1

Ladakh

20,702

109 0

20,386

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

1 4

10,665 4

4

Lakshadweep

10,356

6 1

10,299 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,598 2

14 0

7,455 2

129

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