Indian Medical Association hit out at government and reacted very sharply over a statement by MoS Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey that Centre does not have data on health workers who died due to Covid-19.
However,Almost 382 doctors have died due to Covid-19 so far.
IMC wrote a letter to the government and mentioned in it that government is being indifferent to the sacrifice of doctors and health care workers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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“No nation has lost as many doctors and health care workers like India. To feign that this information doesn’t merit the attention of the nation is abominable. If the government doesn’t maintain the statistics of the total number of doctors and health care workers infected by Covid-19 and the statistics of how many of them sacrificed their life due to the pandemic, it loses the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act,” the IMA said in the letter.
Minister for State (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey in the Parliament said that public health and hospitals come under states and so the insurance compensation data is not available with the union government.
Moreover, Dr Sharma reacted over Choubey’s statement and said, “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.”
In the Letter, IMA has suggested various ways and feedbacks to the Ministry.