“The second wave of the pandemic is turning out to be extremely fatal for all and especially for the healthcare workers who are at the forefront,” IMA president JA Jayalal said in a press release.

Treat doctors as martyrs

In September last year, the IMA had demanded that the Indian government treat doctors who succumbed to Covid-19 as martyrs. The IMA said that it would help the families of the deceased to be eligible for the right compensation.

“…Their families and children deserve solace and from the government. IMA also urges the government to seek data from the representatives of nurses and other healthcare workers,” IMA president Rajan Sharma wrote to the government in September.

In a reply to a question in the parliament in September 2020, the government said that it hasn’t maintained any data related to the death of frontline healthcare workers. Reacting to this, the IMA had released a list of around 382 doctors who had lost their lives to Covid-19 until then. Criticising the government, the body had said not keeping a record of these deaths  “amounts to an abdication of duty and abandonment of the national heroes who have stood up for our people.”

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