Thank You! On National Doctor’s Day We Speak To The Frontline Workers To Know The Learnings Of COVID-19In India, National Doctor's Day is marked every year on July 1

New Delhi: “Our work is our personal life and we are proud of it. This is a pandemic/war-like situation, so we don’t mind working continuously. I think, mentally we will feel off duty only when we have control over the disease,” says Dr Manish, Senior Resident Doctor at Safdarjung Hospital. On the other hand, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) and Medtalks, Heart Care Foundation of India adds, “In the first week of April, we lost one lady, she had pneumonia and other complications, which are now known as classic symptoms of COVID-19. But at that point in time, we knew very little about the disease and there was a delay in diagnosis and we lost her. Sometimes, I think, if we knew more about the disease, I could have saved her life. Seeing your patients die is one of the hardest things to let go as a doctor.” These are some of the anecdotes from doctors who are at the frontline and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

On the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, which is marked every year on July 1 in India to show gratitude to all the frontline workers who are selflessly helping people and saving lives after lives, NDTV speaks with these doctors to know about their learnings and experience in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic so far.

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Talking about Coronavirus Pandemic and its learnings, Dr Manish, who works in the department of anaesthesia and intensive care at Safdarjung Hospital and is also involved in managing critically ill patients in the ICU who are suffering from COVID-19 says,

The past few months have been life-changing for the entire world. And we are no different. With the lockdown and a growing pandemic, every day we have learnt something new. As far as patient management goes, there was a lot that we didn’t know about this disease when we first started to treat COVID-19 patients back in March. But even though we know few things about this disease, we are still not fully aware, we are still continuing to see patients having variable presentations and different symptoms of COVID-19 and therefore we learn something new every day.

Dr Manish’s typical workday includes a twelve-hour duty for four to five times a week, many times the 12-hour shift also converts to a 24-hour shift. Highlighting more about the disease, high-risk patients and the advice he will give to everyone out there, he says,

COVID-19 is a viral disease with flu-like symptoms and may have life-threatening complications, sometimes. People who are especially immunocompromised, are at an increased risk of mortality from this virus. The one advice which I will give to everyone out there – take care of your health, make sure your immune system remains strong, take as many preventive measures as possible like social distancing, self-lockdown, among others. The idea is not just to save your own life, but also to save the life of your near and dear ones who may not be as healthy as you are. Control of this outbreak, which we all are dealing with currently requires a multipronged approach. It’s not just the doctors treating the disease, it’s also upon the public/community where maximum spread occurs. Therefore, a self-lockdown is still necessary to control the spread apart from social distancing and hand hygiene methods.

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Speaking about how vulnerable are the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers during this outbreak in India and what needs to be done to protect the healthcare workers from being exposed to the disease, Dr Manish says,

The mortality rate for the same age in the general population is 1 per cent due to COVID-19, while for health care workers its 10 per cent. So, all doctors, nurses, and paramedic staff are ten tones more likely to contract the disease and die from it. That’s how vulnerable we are.  Control of the disease is in the hands of the entire population. An irresponsible act from anyone markedly affects the health of our entire system especially the frontline corona warriors. Social stigma is by far the biggest challenge faced by doctors in this pandemic. We have lost the war with our countrymen who evict us from our rented accommodation, cut our electricity and water supply and blame us for spreading the disease into the community at large, while they continue to sip coffee in marketplaces without any precautions as if the pandemic is a hoax.

Further talking about the healthcare system in India and how prepared we are as a country to deal with coronavirus outbreak, he added,

India was and will continue to be a developing country. We have always been a resource constraint country. With healthcare receiving a minuscule percentage of gross domestic product, we don’t expect to be on top of any disease as far as preparedness is concerned. Having said that, so far in my hospital at least the preparedness has been good and up to the mark. We have no shortage of medical equipment and supplies but I am afraid the same is not true for other hospitals/states.

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Sharing the learnings of COVID-19, Dr KK Aggarwal adds,

I have dealt with more than 2,000 patients in these past few months for coronavirus. I have noticed a few of the patterns, for example, if COVID-19 patient has diarrhoea then he is at the stage where he can spread the infection at a much higher rate. Whereas, after 9 days, the virus becomes impotent, it cannot multiply. The patient will get COVID-19 positive even after the ninth day and he will have fever and symptoms but after ninth-day patient generally becomes better. On the other hand, day four and day five are known as serious and critical days, and in such cases, early diagnosis plays an important role. If the diagnosis is done after these days then the chances of mortality is high. Another crucial thing is that we need to treat the patient and not wait for the test results as they may take one day to come and then it can be too late to treat or cure the patient.

Talking about the symptoms in the patients which he has seen, he added that children usually have rashes, whereas in women it is diarrhoea and loss of taste and smell. He also adds,

Women have an absolute recovery rate from COVID-19. Also, no patient dies of COVID-19 just like that, a patient who is very critically ill only suffers the loss, at this point of time, we all need to remove the fear out of ourselves which we have for COVID-19. Simply follow the precautionary measures and keep the virus at bay.

Speaking about how vulnerable are our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and how we can protect them, Dr KK Aggarwal adds,

You just cannot protect the healthcare workers, we all are very vulnerable. This is a professional hazard like if you are a pilot, you know the risks of a crash, it can happen, it might not happen. There is no 100 per cent guarantee, obviously, all precautions are taken and they are trained to deal with such situations. Knowing the risk factors, they still go on and work for that matter every one of us also take flights. Similarly, we cannot avoid this pandemic.

Talking about other nations like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea and how they have managed to keep the virus at distance till now, Dr KK Aggarwal added,

What these countries did as soon as the pandemic started, they made AAI full-form rooms which are called as negative airborne rooms, meaning in such rooms air exchange happens every 5 minutes; the air from the room is thrown out and the clean air is taken in. These countries made a mandate that all hospitals will only work in COVID-19 situation if they have AAI rooms and that’s one of the biggest reasons why you see less infection there. Currently, India does not have such facilities. Moreover, I think, we need a dashboard or online portal, where all patients’ information can be stored, this will help in seeing how patients are treated across the country. For example, if I have a patient with one symptom, there can be a similar case in down south, so, we can see how the treatment was done there and exchange notes for the treatment. This will considerably lower our mortality rate. Lastly, we need to start comparing data from countries like Sri Lanka which has a very low mortality rate due to COVID and not USA or UK or other countries where the cases are at its highest peak. The ultimate aim for all of us should be to have zero mortality rate due to coronavirus.

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Dr Aggarwal signs off by saying that he is very sure death rates in India will come down due to COVID-19 in the coming few months. He adds,

India will see two drastic changes, courtesy COVID, first people will stop going to hospitals as there the chances of contracting the secondary infection is at the highest. Secondly, home care will become a new buzz word, with ambulances, medicines, treatment coming to you at your doorstep.

About National Doctor’s Day

National Doctor’s Day was established by the Government of India back in 1991 in honour of the birth and death anniversary of the great physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. In India, this day is organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), according to IMA, National Doctor’s Day 2020 is of special importance and is dedicated to the innumerable doctors who are serving during this pandemic in the primary and secondary care setups as well as the dedicated COVID care hospitals and making every single effort counts.

World

1,06,87,558Cases
46,95,119Active
54,76,311Recovered
5,16,128Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 1,06,87,558 and 5,16,128 have died; 46,95,119 are active cases and 54,76,311 have recovered as on July 2, 2020 at 4:07 am.

India

6,04,641 19148Cases
2,26,947 6833Active
3,59,860 11881Recovered
17,834 434Deaths
In India, there are 6,04,641 confirmed cases including 17,834 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,26,947 and 3,59,860 have recovered as on July 2, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

180298 5537

79091 3096

93154 2243

8053 198

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

15252 657

8071 174

6988 477

193 6

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

16514 1272

8198 1120

8063 145

253 7

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

1387 72

713

670 74

4 1

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

94049 3882

39859 967

52926 2852

1264 63

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

4593 151

2130 18

2439 133

24

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

2940 80

623 26

2303 53

14 1

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

17357 1018

9008 223

8082 788

267 7

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

7316 251

1938 87

5353 164

25

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

13861 268

2625

10655 260

581 9

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

33232 675

7335 286

24030 368

1867 21

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

18312 298

3317

14574 354

421 8

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

14941 393

4202

10499 527

240 4

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

24056 564

6709

16629 545

718 21

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

89802 2442

27007 737

59992 1644

2803 61

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

8582 355

2719 151

5851 204

12

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

101 12

48 11

53 1

0

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

10249 206

2233

7946 259

70 3

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

19170 611

5959 198

12528 398

683 15

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

100 3

50 3

50

0

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

714

430

272

12

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

195 4

128

66 4

1

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

459

291

168

0

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

0

0

0

0

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

2521 31

575

1931 47

15

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

1396 8

302 1

1093 7

1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

990 17

295

694 46

1

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

7695 198

2734 60

4856 134

105 4

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

979 26

355

614 34

10

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

5668 100

1652 95

3867

149 5

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

2947 66

589

2317 86

41

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

1260 26

681

579 26

0

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

446 6

73 3

367 3

6

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

52

9

42

1

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

160

37

123 1

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0

0

0

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