by Samuel Mathai
Bhopal: Coronavirus pandemic, since its outbreak has snatched precious lives of hundreds of doctors, nurses and paramedical staffers across the world, while discharging their duty. Two doctors in Indore city lost their lives fighting the virus within two days.
A London doctor, Abdul Mabud Chowdhury died on Wednesday last after spending 15 days in hospital, whereas, an AFP report says, one hundred Italian doctors have died after contracting coronavirus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February. Italian media reports estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants have also died of COVID-19.
The latest is a senior doctor in Indore, Dr. Omprakash Chauhan, 65, died of the coronavirus infection on Friday. The deceased, formerly the District Ayush Officer in Dhar, had no travel or contact history, implying that he may have contracted the virus from a patient.
This came a day after a doctor, Shatrughan Panjwani, 62, died in Indore on Thursday. The general physician was tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
Dr Chauhan lived in Indore's Brahmadev Colony and was admitted at a private hospital a week back, but was shifted to SAIMS Hospital two days back, after testing positive for the COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer Dr Pravin Jadia said in a statement.
A London doctor, Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died on Wednesday after spending 15 days in hospital. He was consultant in the urology department at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Romford. He worked for the NHS for more than 20 years after migrating from Bangladesh.
One hundred Italian doctors died of virus
According to an AFP report, one hundred Italian doctors have died after contracting coronavirus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, Italy's FNOMCeO health association said.
"The number of doctors who have died because of COVID-19 is 100 - perhaps even 101 at the moment, unfortunately," a spokesman for the association said. The toll includes retired doctors who the government began calling in a month ago to help fight a virus that has officially claimed a world-topping 17,669 lives in Italy. Italian media reports estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants have also died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the report says.
Two women doctors among 14 test positive in Bhopal
Fourteen persons, including two women doctors, tested positive for coronavirus in Bhopal on Friday, taking the number of COVID-19 patients in the state capital to 112 and overall tally in Madhya Pradesh to 453, a health official said.
The woman doctors found coronavirus positive are working at a prominent government hospital here and were involved in screening people for the infection in the city, he said.
50 Contractual doctors resign in Gwalior
At a time when Madhya Pradesh is facing acute shortage of doctors, 50 doctors appointed on contractual basis at Jayarogya Hospital of Government Gajra Raja Medical College here resigned on Thursday. Their resignations followed an order from state Medical Education Department seeking their consent for renewal of contract beyond three months. Of the 82 doctors on roll, 50 have resigned refusing the offer.
Dr SN Iyenger, Dean Gaja Raja Medical College, said: "The contractual appointment was temporarily given for three months to 82 doctors who had completed MBBS and internship at Jairogya Hospital. A new order from the state government sought the doctors' consent for continuation of contractual appointment. 50 said they did not want to continue working."
One of the doctors on the condition of anonymity said that once they accepted the new contract, they would not be able to quit. ESMA could be a new deterrent. The scare of corona had forced them to rethink on continuation.
Nearly 900 new novel coronavirus cases and 37 deaths have been reported in the country over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said this evening in its daily briefing. This is the largest ever single-day spike in the number of cases and deaths, the ministry added, and takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in India to 6,761 with at least 206 deaths linked to the virus.
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