As the pandemic continued to wreak havoc across the nation, the registry data from Indian Medical Association (IMA) showed over 244 doctors have lost their lives, among them, 50 doctors succumbed to the virus on Sunday.
Bihar registered the highest number of deaths of doctors (69), followed by Uttar Pradesh (34) and Delhi (27). Only 3% of these doctors had taken vaccine shots.
Five months into India’s vaccination drive, only 66 per cent of India’s healthcare workers have been fully vaccinated. The IMA said it is making all possible efforts to encourage doctors to take the jab.
The IMA had said many doctors have not taken the vaccine and the organisation will do everything it can to ensure that all doctors who are on the frontline take the jab. The IMA also said a thousand doctors have died due to Covid so far, the actual numbers may be far higher. The IMA only keeps a record of its nearly 3.5 lakh members. India, however, has more than 12 lakh doctors.
Anas Mujahid, 26, is the youngest of 244 doctors who have lost their lives to Covid this year while 736 doctors had lost their lives during the first wave. A total of nearly 1,000 doctors across India have lost their lives due to Covid so far. However, the Union government had said in Parliament it has not tracked the numbers.
Anas Mujahid, a junior Resident Doctor at Delhi’s Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital a dedicated Covid specialty died within hours of testing positive due to Covid. Mujahid is survived by his parents and four siblings.
Mujahid had minor symptoms like sore throat and tested positive in an antigen test at the hospital. In a rare case of sudden progression, he collapsed soon after and died due to intracranial bleeding. He had not been vaccinated.
The figures emerged on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the strategy of starting the vaccination programme with frontline warriors paid rich dividends in the second wave and ensured the safety of most of the doctors as 90 percent of health professionals have already taken its first dose. Modi interacted with a group of doctors via video-conferencing wherein he said be it testing, supply of medicines or setting up new infrastructure in “record time”, all these are being done at a fast pace.