Second COVID wave martyred 513 doctors, says IMA


More than 513 doctors have succumbed to COVID-19 during the second wave in the county, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said on Tuesday, May 25.

The IMA has released a fresh state-wise break up of the number of doctors who lost their lives in the second wave. As per the data, the highest deaths have been reported from Delhi with 103 fatalities, followed by Bihar with 96 and Uttar Pradesh 41 respectively.

The data also revealed that 39 doctors succumbed to COVID-19 in Rajasthan, followed by 29 each in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand.

Among the northeastern states, Assam reported 6 fatalities and Tripura reported 2.

The association has been keeping a registry of COVID deaths of doctors based on input from its various branches across the country. On average, at least 20 doctors are dying per day due to COVID-19, IMA said.

The toll includes doctors deployed in government hospitals, private hospitals and medical colleges.

Last week, IMA data showed that during the first wave 756 doctors had died in a year, and expressed shock at the report issued by the Union Government on the same, which had reported lesser deaths.

IMA also revealed that the Union Government has not yet disbursed compensation to the kin of these doctors.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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