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500 Covid Doctors Have Lost Their Lives: IMA On Friday

“Our latest figures say 515 doctors treating Covid-19 patients have been martyred in the country so far. And these are all allopathic doctors that we have identified through our various branches of IMA — there are 1,746 branches functional across the country. The number could actually be much higher,” in a statement, said Indian Medical Association on Friday. The government, however, has maintained in the Parliament that, there is no central database to provide exact number of doctors who lost their lives on line of duty. “How can the Centre wash their hands of their responsibility. How is it possible that they cannot maintain a database at the central level when you need an Aadhar Card to get tested for Covid-19 through reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. How difficult can it get then?” said IMA. “We are closely monitoring the data under PM’s pandemic response package. There is an insurance cover amounting to ₹50 lakh for all frontline health care workers , and this has recently been extended till March 2021. Under this package, 62 claims have been settled, more than 130 claims are being processed… and above 50 claims that are yet to come from states,” said IMA president Dr. Rajan Sharma. That number is half of the number published by IMA.

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