Paying tribute to their sacrifice, IMA posted the pictures and names of the doctors who in a Twitter post Credit: Representational Image

Indian Medical Association (IMA) publishes the names and photos of 515 doctors who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paying tribute to their sacrifice, the country’s top organisation of medical practitioners posted on Twitter the pictures and names of the doctors who died due to COVID-19.

“IMA dedicates the sacrifice of 515 Indian Doctors in the fight against COVID19 pandemic to the nation. We salute these martyrs. We salute all the nurses and the healthcare workers who sacrificed their lives as well,” it tweeted on Friday.

“Our latest figures say 515 doctors treating Covid-19 patients have been martyred in the country so far. And these are all allopathic doctors that we have identified through our various branches of IMA — there are 1,746 branches functional across the country. The number could actually be much higher,” said Dr Rajan Sharma, president, IMA.

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As per the records maintained in the IMA database, the doctor to patient ratio in India stand at 1:194. The most number of doctors (201) who died of the coronavirus belonged to the age group of 60 to 70 years, 171 were part of the 50 to 60 years age category. Of remaining, were 66 doctors were above the of 70, and 59 doctors were between 35 and 50 years of age. At least 18 doctors were younger than 35 years who lost their fight against the virus.

However, the medical association had earlier voiced its reservations against the the statement of the union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan at the parliament which failed to recognise the sacrifice made by the health workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

What further angered the association was the submission made by Harsh Vardhan’s subordinate minister, Ashwini Kumar Choubey which stated the union government did not track of the health workers who lost their lives amidst the pandemic in the line of duty citing health as a state subject.

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IMA had then issued a statement pointing fingers at the government for ceding from its duty. “This amounts to abdication of duty and abandonment of the national heroes who have stood up for our people. IMA finds it strange that after having formulated an unfriendly partial insurance scheme for the bereaved families to struggle with the ignominy of the Government disowning them altogether stares at them,” the statement read.

“How can the Centre wash their hands of their responsibility. How is it possible that they cannot maintain a database at the central level when you need an Aadhar Card to get tested for Covid-19 through reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. How difficult can it get then?” said Dr Sharma.

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