On Wednesday, IMA published a list of 382 doctors who died to the COVID-19. IMA demanded these doctors be treated as “martyrs”.
The MoS Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated that public health and hospitals do not come under states so the Centre is not having their insurance compensation data. On this statement, the IMA said that it amounts to “abdication of duty and abandonment of the national heroes who have stood up for our people”.
“The IMA (Indian Medical Association) 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,” it said.
IMA in reference to the Vardhan statement said that the 19th paragraph recognises the healthcare workers contribution during this pandemic but also hides the morbidity and mortality of them.
The doctors’ body said that India lost a large number of doctors amid the pandemic as compared to other countries. It said that doctors’ mortality rate is four times than an ordinary citizen and private practitioners suffer eight times.
The government did not maintain any statistics of the doctors who died due to COVID-19 thus losing the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act.
The IMA stated that calling doctors and health care workers as corona warriors is hypocrisy if those dead doctors’ and their families are denied the status and benefit of martyrdom.
IMA along with the published list of 382 doctors who died of the COVID-19 said that they should be acknowledged and treated as martyrs. It also stated that suffered families of those doctors(published list) deserve solace and solatium from the government.
The doctors’ body also said that they had shared many feedbacks and suggestions with the health ministry during this pandemic.
“The Prime Minister deemed it fit to invite the national president of IMA to a meeting to share the concerns and seek suggestions and cooperation. The suo moto statement of the health minister preferred to ignore the national dimension of the war against Covid-19,” it said in the statement.