As Covid hits 87k medics, IMA asks PM for better care | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to PM Modi drawing his attention to over 87,000 healthcare workers who have got infected with Covid-19 and another 573 who have lost their lives and called for more care for their welfare.
“Healthcare manpower is precious. Uniform practices have to be put in place throughout the country. Substantial differences are noticed from district to district in how doctors and healthcare workers are deployed. Their service situations differ and mostly reflect the logistics of the district,” the IMA letter to the PM said on Sunday.
The data on infections among healthcare workers was taken by the health ministry last week and states were asked to pay more attention as higher rates of infection and vulnerability to the disease among frontline workers would compromise the fight against Covid-19.
TOI had reported state-wise official data on Saturday which showed six states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, West Bengal and Gujarat — accounted for three-fourths (around 74%) of the 87,176 healthcare workers infected till August 28 and over 86% of total 573 deaths. Maharashtra alone accounted for 28% of the infected healthcare workers and more than 50% of the total deaths.
Underlining the scarcity of doctors in remote areas, the IMA said, “Districts are not sensitive to the safety and the concerns of stress and fatigue of medical manpower. Deploying doctors 24×7 without intermittent quarantine periods or long working hours in PPE for Covid care is not the same as 24×7 Covid control from safe offices,” it said.



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