Doctors are in the forefront of the fight against the Coronavirus crisis. The Indian Medical Association(IMA) announced on Saturday that there were 196 doctors in the nation, most of them general practitioners who had succumbed to the COVID-19.
“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 Indian Medical Association(IMA) claimed.
Although a growing amount of doctors get contaminated every day and lose their life, a large number of doctors have been identified to be general practitioners.
“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.”
Dr Rajan Sharma, National President, IMA, stated “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 andwelfare of doctors during the pandemic.”
The IMA urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter to ensure sufficient care for a particular category of doctors and their families, and to extend the state-sponsored health and life insurance services to doctors in all regions.
Coronavirus pandemic already has a major effect on most nations, but India seems to be far worse than others –the epidemic is adversely effecting the welfare system in India. “The mortality rate among doctors due to COVID-19 has reached an “alarming proposition” now,” stated by Dr R V Asokan, Secretary General, IMA.
“Saving each and every life of a doctor will ensure safety of thousands of patients who depend on their care. Doctors who have died in line of their professional duty merit favorable consideration for succor and solace to their families. It is thus pertinent for the IMA to also draw your attention to the demoralizing effect to our healthcare community” Dr R V Asokan added.
Some cities are closing down hospitals that have confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among medical workers.