921 healthcare workers paid Rs 50L for each insurance claim under the PMGKP scheme
Until July 15, a total of 921 doctors and healthcare workers received an insurance claim of Rs 50 lakh each under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) program for Covid warriors, Rajya Sabha a was informed on Tuesday.
In response to a question about the number of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who have succumbed to COVID-19 since 2020, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said the Ministry of Health does not keep professional data on Covid cases and deaths.
However, life insurance benefits are provided under the “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance scheme for health workers battling COVID-19”, the minister said.
The scheme provides comprehensive personal accident coverage of Rs 50 lakh to health care providers, including community health workers and private health workers drafted by the government for Covid-related responsibilities, which may be required to be in direct contact with and care for COVID-19 patients and who are at risk of being affected by it.
The benefits of the said scheme have been extended for a further period of 180 days (with effect from April 24, 2021).
“As of July 15, 2021, a total number of 921 doctors and healthcare workers have received an insurance claim of Rs 50 lakh each under the said scheme,” Pawar said.
In addition, aware of the criticality of human resources at the time of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health has taken a number of measures to improve the safety and well-being of doctors and staff.
On whether the government conducted a survey to assess the shortage of health workers in public or private hospitals after the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pawar said there were 10.14 lakh of allopathic doctors and 5.65 lakh from AYUSH doctors available in the country.
This gives a physician-to-population ratio of 1: 854. In addition, there are around 22.72 lakh of registered nurses (RN & RM) in the country. Considering their 70% availability, there are around 16 lakh of active registered nurses, Pawar said in the written response.
In addition, in order to increase human resources for the management of Covid to ensure adequate healthcare personnel in hospitals, the central government, after consulting with the National Medical Commission and the Indian Nursing Council, issued an advisory to states and union territories on May 3.
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