99 docs died of Covid, 1,300+ affected | India News

MUMBAI: At least 99 doctors have died of Covid-19 and 1,302 were affected in India, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said on Wednesday. The doctors’ body said the case fatality rate stood at a significant 8%. Maharashtra accounted for over 20% of the deaths in doctors, highest among states.
IMA said it had created a database to document infections among healthcare workers. According to IMA’s National Covid Registry, 74% deaths were in the 50 years plus age group, while 19% were among 35-50 years. There were seven deaths of doctors younger than 35. IMA’s numbers are limited to private sector and do not reflect the burden of infections among doctors in public sector. Of the 1,302 infected, 586 were private consultants, 566 resident doctors and 150 house surgeons. “If Covid mortality has to be reduced, it has to start with doctors and hospitals,” said IMA president Dr Rajan Sharma.
In Mumbai, 1,000-plus healthcare workers have been affected in public and private hospitals. KEM and Sion hospitals have seen over 300 infections each. The city has also seen nine deaths among doctors.
IMA president (Maharashtra) Dr Avinash Bhondwe said the state had neglected the safety of private practitioners and left them vulnerable by failing to streamline availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring their prices were capped. He said many smaller hospitals were arbitrarily taken over without ensuring they had resources. “Many of these hospitals were unfit to become Covid centres but were coerced,” said Bhondwe, adding that private doctors were not even extended the Centre’s insurance cover.
Maharashtra Medical Council president Dr Shivkumar Utture said issues on availability and quality of PPE were unresolved even after four months. “Only fabric used for PPE is checked for standardisation and not the complete kit,” he said, adding it was not enough to call doctors ‘Covid warriors’.

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