A total of 174 doctors, 116 nurses and 199 healthcare workers have died due to Covid-19 in the country, the government informed Lok Sabha on February 5, citing data from states received under an insurance scheme.
In a written reply to a question, Union minister of state for health Ashwini Choubey said that India was able to effectively handle and blunt the aggressive progression of the virus by properly enforcing a range of containment steps, including lockdown and promotion of Covid-19-appropriate behaviours.
“Based on the intimations received from the states under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting Covid-19,’ 174 doctors, 116 nurses and 199 healthcare workers have died due to this pandemic as on February 2,” the minister said. In reviewing the steps taken to control the pandemic, the minister said a dedicated health infrastructure focused on Covid-19 was identified and earmarked to manage surge in cases.
As on February 3, there are 15,17,506 isolation beds and 79,385 ICU beds with 40,311 ventilators available in the country, he added.
Currently, 1,214 government and 1,152 private laboratories are undertaking Covid-19 testing, and necessary monitoring is being undertaken for Covid-19 on a regular basis, Choubey said.
“As of now, the case per million and death per million in the country are 7,719 and 111, respectively which is much lower compared to the status in many developed countries also,” he said.
Responding to a question on the number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers engaged in various government hospitals for Covid-19 duty, Choubey said that as health is a state subject, there is no centralised data being maintained by the ministry of health on it.
An additional incentive of Rs 1,000 per month is being paid to Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in view of their significant contribution towards the pandemic-related work. So far, 1.69 crore PPE kits, 4.08 crore N-95 masks, 11.16 crore tablets of Hydroxychloroquine have been supplied to states, UTs and central government hospitals.