Treat docs dropping lives in Covid battle at par with martyrs of armed forces: IMA to PM

New Delhi, August 31

The Indian Medical Association has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that every one docs who’ve died of COVID-19 be handled at par with martyrs of the armed forces, and their dependents be supplied authorities jobs in accordance with their {qualifications}.

In a letter to the prime minister, the nation’s largest physique of docs mentioned solely an “inclusive national solatium” for all docs, who’ve misplaced their lives combating the pandemic, would render justice to the sacrifice of their households.

The IMA cited authorities information and mentioned 87,000 healthcare employees had been contaminated and 573 of them had misplaced their lives because of COVID-19.

However, the Centre has not formally launched these figures.

Noting that the information has raised considerations all throughout the nation, the IMA mentioned its information for docs alone has registered 307 deaths and a complete 2,006 contaminated. It mentioned 188 of these died are common practitioners who’re the primary level of contact for folks.

“Doctors suffer a higher viral load and a higher CFR (Case Fatality Rate) as a community. IMA is constrained to point out that they could have stayed back at home during the epidemic safely. They chose to serve the nation in the best traditions of the medical profession,” mentioned the letter dated August 30.

The solatium authorized by the federal government for his or her colleagues in authorities companies in all equity is deserved by the kids of those martyrs as properly, the affiliation mentioned.

“All doctors who have laid down their lives in fighting this epidemic should be treated at par with the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces and acknowledged appropriately. The surviving spouse or dependent should be provided a government job as per their qualifications,” the IMA mentioned.

It additionally raised the problem that no matter solatium that’s in place had failed to achieve the beneficiaries as a result of inadequacy of the chosen instrument and the “indifference”.

“The scheme is reported to have been lapsed as well. There is a pressing need to reconsider the same on merit and create a dedicated system to administer,” the IMA mentioned.

A nationwide scheme to assist the “soldiers fighting a pandemic” can’t be allowed to degenerate into simply one other pecuniary profit for presidency servants, it mentioned.

“We once again appeal to your goodself that such a sacrifice by doctors needs to be acknowledged by the highest office of the nation irrespective of the sectors,” the IMA mentioned within the letter to Modi.

“We are also writing to you at this juncture since it has been predicted that India will top the world in number of cases in a few weeks. Healthcare manpower is precious. Uniform practices have to be put in place throughout the country,” it mentioned.

The IMA mentioned substantial variations had been seen from district to district in how docs and healthcare employees had been deployed. It asserted that districts weren’t delicate to the protection angle, and the considerations of stress and fatigue of the medical manpower.

Noting that the nation deserves a radical method to the scenario, the IMA appealed to the prime minister for the federal government to usher in acceptable reforms, which it mentioned had been lengthy overdue.  PTI

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