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

11,71,50,768Cases
4,82,03,864Active
6,63,47,035Recovered
25,99,869Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 11,71,50,768 and 25,99,869 have died; 4,82,03,864 are active cases and 6,63,47,035 have recovered as on March 9, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

1,12,44,786 15388Cases
1,87,462 -1285Active
1,08,99,394 16596Recovered
1,57,930 77Deaths
In India, there are 1,12,44,786 confirmed cases including 1,57,930 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,87,462 and 1,08,99,394 have recovered as on March 9, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

22,28,471 8,744

98,859 346

20,77,112 9,068

52,500 22

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

10,78,739 1,412

39,532 1,630

10,34,895 3,030

4,312 12

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,55,451 436

6,834 47

9,36,250 478

12,367 5

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

8,90,766 74

1,009 11

8,82,581 61

7,176 2

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,55,677 556

4,018 21

8,39,138 532

12,521 3

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,41,340 239

1,730 73

6,28,686 309

10,924 3

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

6,04,380 101

1,634 13

5,94,008 113

8,738 1

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,76,838 215

3,155 8

5,63,403 221

10,280 2

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

3,37,803 59

718 29

3,35,168 88

1,917

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,21,711 179

1,883 128

3,17,039 51

2,789

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

3,14,640 320

2,919 99

3,07,862 220

3,859 1

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

3,00,153 142

1,769 38

2,96,740 178

1,644 2

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,73,941 555

3,212 72

2,66,313 482

4,416 1

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,72,751 231

2,083 52

2,67,610 177

3,058 2

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,65,070 427

3,638 32

2,57,560 394

3,872 1

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

2,62,779 21

290 23

2,60,942 43

1,547 1

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

2,17,682 14

1,624 3

2,14,964 17

1,094

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

1,89,620 1,229

8,020 523

1,75,659 692

5,941 14

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

1,27,114 70

871 21

1,24,280 90

1,963 1

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

1,20,312 53

472 9

1,18,747 44

1,093

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

97,480 58

662 30

95,123 28

1,695

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

59,197 79

617 3

57,580 73

1,000 3

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

55,463 54

632 56

54,032 110

799

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

39,882 14

171 5

39,041 19

670

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

33,424

30 0

33,003

391

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

29,296 5

29 1

28,894 4

373

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

22,397 79

725 15

21,316 63

356 1

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

16,839

3 0

16,780

56

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

13,973 1

12 1

13,813 2

148

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

12,217

19 1

12,107 1

91

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,833 2

44 0

9,659 2

130

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,174

50 0

5,989

135

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,026 2

7 0

4,957 2

62

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

4,432 4

10 2

4,412 2

10

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,421 5

17 5

3,402

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

494 8

164 6

329 2

1

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