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On Saturday night, a Delhi doctor, 27 year old, died after a month-long battle against the novel coronavirus disease. He was on the frontline against the fight with COVID-19. Dr Joginder Chaudhary was working at Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and was committed for the treatment ofCOVID-19 patients. He tested positive for coronavirus on 27th June.
Initially, he was admitted to the government-run Lok Nayak Hospital. But as his condition deteriorated, he was taken to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. His family received a bill of Rs 3.4 lakh for his treatment. Although the Baba Saheb Ambedkar doctors association raised about 2.8 lakh for his treatment, his father who is a 51-year-old farmer wrote to the hospital administration for help. The BSA doctors association also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital accepted his fathers request and bore the total cost of treatment.
Dr Joginder Chaudhary was from Madhya Pradeshs Singrauli and had joined the casualty department of Ambedkar Hospital in November 2019.
In the last week, a 42-year-old doctor on contract, Dr Javed Ali also died due to coronavirus infection. He was working with Delhi governments National Health Mission and was under treatment for almost three weeks. Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister had said last week that his family would be given compensation of Rs 1 crore. It was announced in April by Arvind Kejriwal for families of healthcare workers who died while serving COVID-19 patients.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) earlier this month had issued a red alert for the doctors by the top medical body. The doctors body mentioned in a statement that IMA declares RED ALERT to doctors and medical administrators to elevate their guard. If COVID-19 mortality has to be reduced then it has to begin with doctors and hospitals.