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National Doctors’ Day 2021: Remembering The Doctors India Lost In The Fight Against COVID-19

National Doctors’ Day 2021: The Indian Medical Association has called for ‘save the saviours’ by improving the working condition of doctors and protecting them against violence

National Doctors’ Day 2021: Remembering The Doctors India Lost In The Fight Against COVID-19

New Delhi: “The show must go on”, said 62-year-old Dr KK Aggarwal, the Former President of the Indian Medical Association and a Padma Shri recipient, in one of his last videos. Dr Aggarwal died of COVID-19 on the night of May 17 this year and soon his video where he declared that he represents the collective consciousness of the medical profession went viral on social media. In an attempt to educate the citizens about the infectious disease, COVID care and bust myths, the cardiologist had created hundreds of videos.

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Talking about the work of Dr Aggarwal during the pandemic, his daughter, Naina Aggarwal Ahuja said,

He always said, ‘it is the duty of every doctor to be available at any point for his patients and to save as many lives as possible’. Fondly remembered as the ‘Doctor with a Stethoscope’, he became a household name during the pandemic. He impacted the lives of over 100 million people using the power of digital media. People needed a reassuring voice, someone who could decode the COVID-19 virus for them, help them find ways to cope with it, and also assure that things will get better. He will always be remembered for his selflessness and love for the medical profession.

National Doctors’ Day 2021: Remembering The Doctors India Lost In The Fight Against COVID-19

Padma Shri recipient Dr KK Aggarwal

Dr KK Aggarwal echoed the spirit of many healthcare workers across the country who have been working relentlessly and selflessly to treat, educate and vaccinate people against COVID-19 that has so far claimed close to 4 lakh lives (3.99 lakh as on July 1).

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On National Doctors’ Day 2021 that calls to ‘Save The Saviours’ let’s look back at some of the inspiring stories and work of some of the COVID warriors who lost their lives while trying to save lives of others.

In October, 70-year-old, Dr Jagadish Rai, an obstetrician and a general practitioner working in a small town in coastal Karnataka for the last 40 years, contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty and succumbed to the disease, setting another example of the selfless service that doctors and other healthcare workers offer. Despite being a senior citizen and having underlying leukemia, Dr Jagadish Rai continued to work six and a half days a week even during a pandemic. Dr Rai had his own clinic and was associated with a nursing home close by. He was not posted on COVID duty per se officially but continued seeing patients in his private practice, many of whom were COVID positive, who were denied medical attention elsewhere, shared Dr Rai’s daughter.

70-year-old Obstetrician And A General Practitioner From Karnataka Succumbed To COVID-19 Infection In The Line Of Duty

Dr Jagadish Rai was not posted on COVID duty officially but continued seeing patients in his private practice, many of whom were COVID positive

Our father derived ultimate pleasure in treating patients and being there for them in their times of need. He was always used to and preferred working long hours; his age or the Novel Coronavirus did not slow him down even during the pandemic. Even in his last days, as he lay on a hospital bed, he answered calls from his patients until breathlessness stole his ability to be coherent. This is the kind of dedication he showed to his profession that made him legendary in the community, recalled Dr Shipra Rai, daughter of late Dr Jagadish Rai.

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26-year-old, Anas Mujahid, a junior Resident Doctor at Delhi’s COVID dedicated Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital is another COVID warrior India lost during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Talking about the sudden demise of Dr Mujahid, his friend and colleague Dr Aamir Sohail said,

National Doctors’ Day 2021: Remembering The Doctors India Lost In The Fight Against COVID-19

26-year-old Anas Mujahid

It was shocking for everyone who knew him. He had no comorbidity. He was a very dedicated doctor. He was planning to get the jab in the next few days.

According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA), India has lost 798 doctors (as on June 29) during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, since April first week. Of this, highest number of deaths (128) have been reported from Delhi followed by 115 from Bihar. In the first wave of the COVID-9 pandemic, 736 doctors died, reports IMA. While the IMA data suggests that over 1,500 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 whereas India has over 12 lakh doctors.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, especially the second wave has distastrous across the country. During the peak of the second wave in April and May this year, many young people contracted the disease and a similar trend was seen among doctors as well. According to Dr Jayesh Lele, General Secretary, IMA, most of the doctors were young, in the age group of 30-35.

Talking about the death of the doctors and how we can protect our frontline workers, Dr Lele said,

The working condition of doctors, especially in government hospitals, is extremely bad. They have to work overtime, 12-14 hours a day. During the pandemic, doctors are being exposed to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and patients for a long time as a result of which doctors contracting COVID-19 are reporting a severe disease with a high viral load. Therefore, even those who were vaccinated (partially or fully) succumbed to the disease. Secondly, the violence against doctors is demotivating and morally and socially incorrect. After being beaten up, many doctors have stopped going to clinics and hospitals because they are scared. This year, with the theme, ‘save the saviours’, we are urging the government to provide good working conditions to the doctors and declare hospitals as safe zones.

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Further talking about how an individual can contribute in protecting doctors, frontline warriors in the fight against the COVID-19, Dr Lele emphasised on the word ‘respect’. He said, respect your family doctor or treating doctor and added,

Don’t call them (doctors) God but give them an opportunity to treat you properly. Subsequently, develop good confidence with your treating doctor; trust them and the fact that they are doing the right treatment.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,29,84,542 and 49,38,212 have died; 20,45,14,204 are active cases and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 3:51 am.


3,41,59,562 16,326Cases
3,35,32,126 17,677Recovered
4,53,708 666Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,59,562 confirmed cases including 4,53,708 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,73,728 and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

65,99,850 1,632

27,747 152

64,32,138 1,744

1,39,965 40


48,97,884 9,361

81,490 603

47,88,629 9,401

27,765 563


29,85,227 378

8,920 97

29,38,312 464

37,995 11

Tamil Nadu

26,92,949 1,152

13,531 259

26,43,431 1,392

35,987 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,781 478

5,398 102

20,43,050 574

14,333 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,069 1

85 22

16,87,085 23


West Bengal

15,84,492 846

7,577 42

15,57,882 792

19,033 12


14,39,526 38

340 29

14,14,095 8

25,091 1


10,37,523 467

4,197 139

10,25,025 603

8,301 3


10,05,799 26

214 8

9,92,013 18



9,54,396 1

32 4

9,45,410 5



8,26,378 25

165 9

8,16,126 16


Madhya Pradesh

7,92,729 8

80 8

7,82,126 16



7,71,133 8

122 9

7,60,962 17



7,26,045 3

30 0

7,16,354 3



6,69,932 193

3,963 4

6,62,025 196

3,944 1


6,08,126 315

3,866 104

5,98,296 209

5,964 2


6,02,163 28

230 4

5,85,382 24



3,48,562 36

183 17

3,43,244 19



3,43,799 12

166 10

3,36,235 22


Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,494 108

870 56

3,26,195 52


Himachal Pradesh

2,22,312 174

1,483 31

2,17,096 141

3,733 2


1,77,819 54

600 18

1,73,862 72



1,27,621 57

454 0

1,25,314 56

1,853 1


1,23,107 56

906 440

1,20,294 494

1,907 2


1,16,689 745

9,636 398

1,06,653 1,143



84,376 7

98 7

83,462 14



83,269 59

698 37

81,128 94

1,443 2


65,320 5

28 2

64,472 3


Arunachal Pradesh

55,075 10

141 1

54,654 9



31,842 23

183 2

31,266 25



31,689 19

245 5

30,766 23

678 1



40 3

20,648 3


Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679 1

4 0

10,671 1




0 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands


6 1

7,511 1


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