Following a modest collection of 11 lakh from the state, doctors in Bihar have been asked to donate generously to support families of doctors who have died as a result of Covid-19. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) set up the Covid Martyrs Fund, which has raised 1.944 crore and disbursed almost half of it—$80,00,000—to the families of eight physicians, including one from Bihar.
Giving is the true expression of unity and words are less effective than actions, IMA’s Bihar chapter appealed for generous donations to the Covid Martyrs Fund on May 13.
Gujarat, with 45.95 lakh, and Delhi, with 35.34 lakh, are the top two donors, followed by Maharashtra, with 30.07 lakh, Kerala, with 19.29 lakh, Haryana, with 18.20 lakh, and Uttar Pradesh, with 16.47 lakh. Many states, like Telangana ($2.54 lakh), Punjab ($1.01 lakh), Uttarakhand ($5,000), and West Bengal ($500), have contributed even less, according to IMA details available till May 13.
Dr. Sahajanand Prasad Singh, IMA president-elect, acknowledged that raising funds had been difficult.
He said, “We’re trying to convince our doctors to contribute generously.”