The Indian Medical Association (IMA) which is the country’s top body of medical practitioners is enraged with the statement of the Union health minister Dr Harshavadhan on the COVID pandemic in parliament, in which he did not speak a word on the doctors who died in the line of duty, and his deputy minister’s statement that the Centre had no data as health is a subject to state.
The IMA has said that 382 doctors have died of coronavirus with releasing the list which revealed the youngest doctor to lose his life was 27 years old and the oldest was 85. The IMA believes in such a situation, the government “loses the moral authority to administer the Epidemic Act 1897 and the Disaster Management Act”.
The IMA has pointed out that the government appreciated the work of the medical professionals but and the healthcare workers but did not mention the number of medical professionals who lost their lives to the COVID disease.
The IMA statement reads, “To feign that this information doesn’t merit the attention of the nation is abominable. It appears that they are dispensable. No nation has lost as many doctors and health care workers like India. This amounts to an abdication of duty and abandonment of the national heroes who have stood up for our people. IMA finds it strange that after having formulated an unfriendly partial insurance scheme for the bereaved families to struggle with the ignominy of the Government disowning them altogether stares at them.”
IMA’s comments come after the Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s statement that the Union government does not have any compensation data as referring that public health and hospitals come under the states. The IMA also added, “hypocrisy of calling them corona warriors on one hand and denying them and their families the status and benefits of martyrdom.”