Indians, Minority Ethnic Medics at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19 in UK: Report

A week long online survey conducted by the Research and Innovation forum of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) to determine the risk factor among the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community (BAME) reveals that the healthcare professionals coming from BAME are more vulnerable to Covid-19 pandemic in United Kingdom.
The survey, in the form of questionnaire was responded to by 2,003 of which 66 per cent of the people were hospital doctors and 24 percent primary care practitioners. Of all the respondent, 75 per cent came from South Asian background, forming the majority of the professionals vulnerable.

The lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is also a major problem among the BAMA community. 64 medical professionals reported being reprimanded for wearing or even wanting PPE.

President of BAPIO, Ramesh Mehta said, “We have been urging government to protect those who are vulnerable, so that frontline workers do not themselves fall ill.”Dr JS Bamrah, the Chairman of BAPIO stated that being BAME is a clear risk factor. He also mentioned the need of more sophisticated research to look onto the factors behind the high risk factor of BAME communities in Britain.

The overall conclusion the survey drives is the need of further readings to establish the reason for the high rate of vulnerability of BAME communities of Britain in the Corona Pandemic.

Considering the ethnic problem, the UK government has established a review into the issue of ethnic disparity of COVID-19’s impact and said to work on the shortage of PPE in hospitals.
A separate review has been established by the opposition Labor Party of UK to fast-track the process of solution finding and address the issue in its entirety.