Govt says 162 doctors died due to COVID-19, IMA says figure more than 700
Delhi: The clash of numbers between the Government and the medical fraternity over COVID warriors deaths was rekindled yesterday when the Minister of Health in the Rajya Sabha submitted the official numbers of doctors' deaths due to COVID-19.
During the parliament session, the Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed that based on the intimations received from the states on Healthcare staff, including Doctors, Nurse and ASHA worker who have been affected and died from COVID-19 (As per Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP: Insurance Scheme) include 162 doctors, 107 nurses and 44 Asha workers. In March last year, the Central government announced that all healthcare workers at risk of contracting Covid could apply for insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package. Under the scheme, claimants can receive up to Rs 50 lakh in case of death.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has opposed the claim of the government that only 162 doctors have succumbed to COVID in India. The association is of the view that the number of doctors who passed away due to COVID in India has already exceeded 700.