270 doctors have died in second wave of Covid-19, says IMA

FILE PHOTO: Doctors and ICU nurses wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) perform a CT scan for a COVID-19 patient (REUTERS)

The doctors and other healthcare and frontline workers were inoculated in the first phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme which started on January 16 this year.

The Indian Medical Association said on Tuesday that the country lost 270 doctors in the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, which has been more deadly and fast spreading. Former IMA president Dr KK Aggarwal was the latest to succumb to the deadly infection on Monday.

According to the state-wide data released by the medical body, Bihar saw the maximum number of 78 deaths of medical practitioners, followed by Uttar Pradesh (37), Delhi (29) and Andhra Pradesh (22).

The IMA said that 748 doctors succumbed to the disease in the first wave of the pandemic.

“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 Dr JA Jayalal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The doctors and other healthcare and frontline workers were inoculated in the first phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme which started on January 16 this year. The programme was latest expanded to first include those above the age of 60, and later opened for 45-plus category.

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