As many as 594 doctors died across India in the second wave of Covid-19, the Indian Medical Association said on Wednesday. The medical body shared a list of the number of medics dying across different states and union territories in the country. The highest number of doctors died in Delhi (106), followed by Bihar where 96 medics succumbed and Uttar Pradesh where 67 passed away.
Six states recorded between 25 and 50 deaths of doctors during the period: Rajasthan (43), Jharkhand (39), Andhra Pradesh (32), Telangana (32), Gujarat (31), and West Bengal (25).
Four states saw between 10 and 25 deaths of doctors — Odisha (22), Tamil Nadu (21), Maharashtra (17), Madhya Pradesh (16) — while 12 states/UTs had the death toll in single digits.
Notably, healthcare and frontline workers were given the Covid-19 vaccines in the first phase of vaccination drive held in India.
IMA seeks strong law against healthcare violence
The IMA has been seeking an effective and strong law “against healthcare violence” and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday making reference to an incident in Assam on Monday where a mob thrashed a doctor after a COVID-19 patient died.
“It was an extremely inhuman attack,” the IMA said. The doctor, Seuj Kumar, was working in the Covid care centre in Hojal district of the state.
The Indian Medical Association urged the minister to consider its appeal on emergency basis and enact a strong and effective Act to safeguard the healthcare professionals of the country.