Rahul Gandhi asks Modi govt over no data on medics who died in pandemic

Rahul Gandhi asks Modi govt over no data on medics who died in pandemic

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has asked why is the Modi government insulting Corona Warriors who are on the forefront in the battle against coronavirus. Tagging a report on the government having no data on the coronavirus warriors who lost their lives, Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre.

In a tweet on Friday, Rahul Gandhi said, “An adverse data-free government. Their safety and respect are more important than beating plates or lighting lamps. Why is Modi government insulting Corona Warriors like this?”

Rahul Gandhi was referring to a report on no data being available with the Union health ministry on the number of medical professionals who have lost their lives in the pandemic.

As many as 155 healthcare staff, including 64 doctors, have died due to coronavirus, according to 'Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19’ which provides relief in case of death of such workers, Parliament was told on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey was responding to a question on the number of healthcare staff, including doctors, nurses, support staff and ASHA workers, affected by the disease.

The minister told Rajya Sabha that ‘health’ is a state subject and "such data is not maintained at central level”.

Choubey, however, said the database of those seeking relief under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Insurance package is maintained at the national level.

A total of 155 healthcare workers died due to COVID-19 as on September 11. These include 21 healthcare workers, including six doctors from Maharashtra, followed by 14 each from Gujarat and West Bengal, and 12 from Arunachal Pradesh and 10 from Tamil Nadu, he said.