As India battles the second wave of covid, the grim realities of acute shortages of beds, plasma, medicines, oxygen and live saving drugs have left the country in shock. The daily spike had reached its peak of over four lakh cases, the highest single-day spike since the start of the pandemic, on May 1 but came down to 392,488 cases on Sunday. Healthcare and medical infrastructure has collapsed nationwide and doctors and medical team are living on the edge in trying to provide treatment to the covid patients.

In one incident doctors in Gurugram were absolutely exhausted and burnt out, simply left couldn’t handle it anymore and in another a senior gastroenterologist died at Batra hospital for the lack of oxygen. In several horrifying incidents, disrespecting and manhandling doctors treating COVID-19 patients have been reported where families and attendants rough up with the doctors and medical team. In few instances political leaders were also seen threatening the doctors on duty.  In one such instances, at the Manavta Curie Hospital in the Mumbai Naka area, a week ago, corporator Priyanka Ghate was seen attacking and manhandling the doctors and staff after here brother succumbed. This incident triggered outrage among private medical practitioners who have been at the forefront of the battle against the second wave of the pandemic.

Several such isolated incidents have been reported nationwide where in one instance doctors ran away leaving hospital as they were overwhelmed with the fear of getting beaten up. Earlier the Indian Medical Association has published a list of 382 medical doctors who have died due to COVID-19. The IMA has demanded that they should be treated as martyrs and has pointed out that the doctors suffer 4 times the mortality of citizens.

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