Medical workers face life and death on the front lines daily and the brunt of the catastrophic second wave. In recent weeks, hospitals have seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases, leading to a massive shortage of beds, drugs and oxygen supplies, putting healthcare workers under enormous pressure and risk. increased.
“One of the big challenges is for our colleagues. Almost 750 people died last year and now in the [last] For 25 days, they have lost 116 people, so we take responsibility on our part to support our colleagues who sacrificed their lives in the coronavirus pandemic, ”said Dr. JA Jayalal, National President of the Indian Medical Association ( IMA).
“People need production facilities, people need security measures, people need protocol [such as] how to go to get medical treatment, how to prevent infection in small clinics. ”
The Indian government has been blamed for allowing crowded religious festivals, cricket tournaments and massive election campaigns over the past few months, which are now considered “widespread” events.
Blame the complacency of leadership
While the IMA chairman agreed that the “double mutant” variant of the virus that emerged in India is also to blame for the current spike, Jayalal still attributed “90 percent” to the complacency that prevailed in the country. earlier this year due to the misplaced confidence shown by senior leaders.
“Third, there is a lot of political discussion among politicians about some of the things we need to appreciate with government, and some of the things we need to oppose in government. It therefore becomes a model of difficult work within the medical association. in this pandemic, ”he said.
The IMA, which was founded in 1928 with the aim of looking after the interests of physicians and the medical fraternity as a whole, started a helpline to respond to the mental and emotional pressures of group members.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 22 million on Sunday, reaching 22,296,414 infections, as 403,738 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.
No less than 4,092 deaths since Saturday morning have been recorded, bringing the total to 242,362, the ministry added. It marked the fourth day in a row more than 4,000 deaths were recorded in 24 hours.