IMA says almost 200 medical doctors in India have succumbed to COVID-19 thus far; requests PM’s consideration


New Delhi, August 8

A complete of 196 medical doctors within the nation, majority of them being normal practitioners, have succumbed to COVID-19 thus far, stated the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday, requesting the prime minister for his consideration on the problem.

“As per the latest data collected by the IMA, our nation has lost 196 doctors, out of which 170 of them are above the age of 50 years, with general practitioners attributing to around 40 per cent of it,” the IMA stated expressing issues over the security of medical doctors dropping their lives within the combat towards the COVID-19 disaster.

While an rising variety of medical doctors are getting contaminated and dropping their lives on daily basis, a considerable variety of them have been discovered to be normal practitioners.

Since a big proportion of the inhabitants seek the advice of normal practitioner on account of fever and its associated signs, they continue to be the primary level of contact in addition to care, the medical doctors’ physique.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IMA requested him to make sure enough take care of medical doctors and their households who’re a particular danger group and lengthen the state-sponsored medical and life insurance coverage services to medical doctors in all sectors.

“The IMA represents over 3.5 lakh doctors spread across the country providing next door affordable healthcare, it is pertinent to mention that COVID-19 does not differentiate between government and private sector and affect all same. Further disturbing are the reports that state that the doctors and their family members are not getting beds for admission and deficiency of drugs in most of the cases. The IMA thus requests the government of India to provide adequate attention for the safety and welfare of doctors during the pandemic,” stated Dr Rajan Sharma, National President, IMA.

Dr RV Asokan, Secretary-General, IMA, stated the mortality price amongst medical doctors on account of COVID-19 had reached an “alarming proposition” now.

“Saving each and every life of a doctor will ensure the safety of thousands of patients who depend on their care. Doctors who have died in the line of their professional duty merit favourable consideration for succour and solace to their families. It is thus pertinent for the IMA to also draw your attention to the demoralising effect to our healthcare community,” he stated. PTI



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