The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that as many as 594 doctors died during the second wave of COVID-19 across the country.
The Association released an updated list on Wednesday and noted that Delhi (107), Bihar (96), Uttar Pradesh (67) and Rajasthan (43) have lost the maximum number of doctors due to COVID in the second wave so far, reports The Hindu.
While no such count is available for other medical staff currently, the Centre earlier this week announced a new system of processing the insurance claims under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) — Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19’.
The Health Ministry noted that claims will be certified by the District Collector and after approval will be settled in 48 hours.
The move follows several States raising the matter of processing delays in insurance claims. “This latest order is aimed at cutting down delays and to further streamline and simplify the processing of the insurance claims,” said the Ministry.