Responding to a question on how many healthcare workers have contracted Covid-19 virus till date, Choubey said health being a state subject, centralised data on number of healthcare workers who have contracted Covid-19 virus till date is not maintained by the Ministry of Health.
“However, the Indian Council of Medical Research is undertaking periodic sero-surveillance to monitor the trend of Covid-19 infection. As per the third seroprevalence study (December 2020 to January 2021) results the overall Covid-19 seropositivity among healthcare workers is assessed to be 25.7 per cent,” he said in a written reply.
Seroprevalence is highest among doctors and nurses (26.6 per cent), followed by para-medical staff (25.4 per cent), field staff (25.3 per cent) and administrative staff (24.9 per cent), Choubey said in a written reply.
These seroprevalence rates have been found to be a little higher than that in general population which has been estimated as 21.5 per cent, he said.
In response to another question, Choubey said, health being a state subject, the Ministry of Health does not maintain data relating to the number of healthcare workers who lost their lives due to Covid-19, state-wise, job-wise and public-private hospital-wise.
Life insurance benefits are being provided under ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting Covid-19’ that offers a comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs. 50 lakh to around 22.12 lakh healthcare providers, including community health workers and private health workers drafted by the Government for Covid- 19 related responsibilities, who may have to be in direct contact and care of Covid-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this.