Sixty-three medical professionals have passed away after contracting COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, according to data launched by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) headquarters on Wednesday.
The association has published a list of 382 medical professionals who passed away after evaluating positive for COVID-19 in the nation. Of this, 63 medical professionals– a bulk of them aged over 50 years– have passed away in the State. Much of them were family doctors.
However, IMA-Tamil Nadu State Branch stated it remained in the process of collecting information on the number of doctors who died of COVID-19 in the State till now. “The State federal government has asked the association for a detailed list of medical professionals who died of COVID-19 from the branch level, and has actually asked the joint directors of health services to validate the data. We have distributed this among all IMA branches in the State. This is for claiming the50 lakh insurance of the Central government,” C.N. Raja, president of IMA-Tamil Nadu, said.
In a press release, Rajan Sharma, national president, IMA, and R.V. Asokan, honorary secretary general, IMA, said households of the doctors should have solace and solatium from the Main government. The medical professionals must be acknowledged and dealt with as “martyrs”.
Describing the statement of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in the Parliament on the contribution of healthcare workers during the pandemic, the association stated “it faithfully concealed the morbidity and death of doctors, nurses and health care workers”.
” No nation has actually lost as numerous physicians and healthcare workers like India,” the association said, pointing out the risk dealt with by doctors. “If the federal government does not preserve the stats on the overall number of medical professionals and health care employees contaminated by COVID-19 and stats of the number of them lost their lives due to the infection, it loses the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act, 1897, and Catastrophe Management Act,” it included.
Last month, when IMA (headquarters) said 43 doctors had died of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, it was denied both by Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar and IMA-Tamil Nadu. A couple of weeks later on, IMA-Tamil Nadu stated that 32 doctors died after evaluating favorable for COVID-19 and another 15, who died, had symptoms of COVID-19, however had actually checked negative for the infection.