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India has lost as many as 269 doctors in the second wave, Bihar tops: IMA

At such unprecedented times, the covid-19 frontline workers are highly exposed to the ubiquitous virus.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has revealed that India has lost as many as 269 doctors in the ongoing wave of Covid-19. At 78, Bihar saw the maximum number of deaths, followed by UP (37) and Delhi (28). India had lost 748 doctors in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 500 doctors and health workers of the two leading hospitals in Patna — AIIMS and Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) — have been infected with coronavirus during the ongoing second wave, sources said.

Altogether, 384 employees of AIIMS Patna, including doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, have been infected during the second wave so far, its Medical Superintendent C M Singh told PTI.

PMCH Superintendent Dr Indu Sekhar Thakur said more than 125 of its employees have tested positive so far.

AIIMS and PMCH along with another state-run medical establishment, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital are catering to a large number of COVID patients in Patna.

The PMCH superintendent said that the hospital authorities have arranged separate isolation spaces for its infected employees.

The youngest physician who died being Dr. Anas Mijahid, 25, from Delhi.

“While last year we lost nearly 730 doctors across India, this year in a short period of time we have lost 244 doctors. The second wave is proving extremely fatal for all and especially those at the forefront of the battle. We have to actively increase vaccination cover among the medical staff to ensure that they have protection against the virus,” said IMA president J.A. Jayalal.

The following are the figures of fatalities according to the IMA registry: Andhra Pradesh (21), Telangana (19), Maharashtra (13), Tamil Nadu (10), Karnataka and Odisha (8 each), Madhya Pradesh (5), Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir (3 each), Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Kerala (2 each) and Goa (1).

The Health Ministry on Monday said the Central government has so far provided more than 20 crore vaccine doses (20,76,10,230) to States/UTs, free of cost. 

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