Dr Jitendra Nath Pande

Dr Jitendra Nath Pande, a senior doctor at Delhi’s All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, has died due to COVID-19. The 78-year old doctor was the director of the Pulmonology department at the premier hospital, which has been treating coronavirus patients for weeks.

As per AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, both Pande and his wife were kept in home isolation after they tested positive with mild symptoms on Tuesday.

“We were following him up regularly. He said he was improving. Yesterday, he had his dinner and went off to sleep and then died possibly because of an acute cardiac event,” he said.

Dr Sangita Reddy, a senior Delhi doctor, said the disease has claimed its most illustrious victim.

“Deeply saddened to hear that today COVID-19 claimed its most illustrious victim, Dr JN Pande, Director and Professor of Pulmonology, AIIMS, New Delhi. A stalwart of the medical world, his work in pulmonology will continue to ensure better health for many. My Condolences to his family,” she tweeted.

Dr Pande’s death comes a day after a mess worker at AIIMS died of the disease, prompting allegations from the Resident Doctors Association that precautionary measures it demanded weeks back had not been taken, a PTI report said.

“A mess worker from RPC canteen died of COVID-19 because the hostel section refused to take precautionary measures as demanded by RDA more than a month ago,” the RDA said in a letter to the AIIMS Director on Friday.

“These demands have fallen on deaf ears and hence the fatal outcome,” it added.

Scores of doctors and health workers have been infected with coronavirus in the national capital, one of the worst coronavirus-hit states in the country. So far, 12,319 coronavirus cases have been reported from including 208 deaths. It is among worst hit States along with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

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