‘Treat them as martyrs’:  IMA publishes record of 382 docs who died of COVID

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 16

The Indian Medical Association on Thursday revealed an inventory of 382 docs — some as younger as 27 years — who succumbed to COVID 19 within the line of obligation and demanded satisfactory compensation for his or her households.

IMA in an announcement additionally demanded that docs who died of COVID be handled as martyrs for functions of compensation.

It got here down closely on the Health Minister for not sharing the COVID mortality amongst docs and stated this reeked is authorities indifference. “IMA hereby publishes the list of Indian doctors who died in the pandemic due to Covid 19. We demand they be acknowledged and treated as martyrs. Their families and children deserve solace and from the Government. IMA also urges the Government to seek data from the representatives of nurses and other healthcare workers,” IMA president Rajan Sharma wrote to the federal government.

He stated no nation had misplaced as many docs and well being care staff as India. Doctors endure 4 instances mortality of unusual residents and personal docs endure eight instances mortality on the identical scale.

“To feign that doctor death data doesn’t merit the attention of the nation is abominable. If the Government doesn’t maintain the statistics of total number of doctors and health care workers infected by Covid 19 and the statistics of how many of them sacrificed their life due to the pandemic, it loses the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act, 1897, and the Disaster Management Act. This also exposes the hypocrisy of calling them corona warriors on one hand and denying them and their families the status and benefits of martyrdom,” Sharma stated.

IMA additionally questioned MoS for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey for stating earlier than Parliament that public well being comes below states and so the insurance coverage compensation knowledge isn’t out there with the Union Government.

This quantities to abdication of obligation and abandonment of the nationwide heroes who’ve stood up for our folks, stated IMA.

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