SRINAGAR: Two doctors have lost their lives to the Covid19 in the last 24 hours. Both of them are from Jammu and were infected while treating the patients.
They were identified by Jammu based newspaper Daily Excelsior as Dr ML Sharma of Karan Bagh Gadigarh and Dr MK Raina of Trikuta Nagar; Dr Sharma passed away in the GMC Jammu and Dr Raina at ASCOMS Sidhra,” the newspaper said.
The region had already lost three doctors a day before. Dr Tahir Haroon Mirza, 51, who was posted at an emergency hospital in the Akhnoor area of Jammu, died on Thursday at the Command Hospital Udhampur; Former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Poonch Dr Mohammad Akram Malik died of Covid at Narayana Hospital Katra; and Dr Busharat Hussain Shah. With two more doctors dying of the disease, it has gone up to five. The region lost at least two doctors in 2020 as well.
Meanwhile, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has asked the government to come up with a concrete plan to ensure the safety of frontline health workers.
“These doctors were front-line Covid warriors who contracted Covid-19 while serving the people. All these doctors suffered from Covid induced pneumonia and were under treatment in Jammu hospitals but couldn’t make it due to the severity of the disease,” said Dr Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, a Doctors Association Kashmir spokesman.
“A well-planned duty roster, rationalization, measures of pooling of staff should be adopted as it is the need of the hour. It is high time the attention should be given to dedicated Covid hospitals and more human resources should be involved. Continuous working hours are making health workers vulnerable.”