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Doctor dies at Pune’s Sassoon hospital after testing Covid-19 positive

A 56-year old general practitioner doctor from Maharashtra’s Keshavnagar, who practised in Ghorpadegaon, died at Sassoon general hospital on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The doctor was undergoing treatment and was in a critical condition, he was admitted to Sassoon hospital on May 13 and was declared dead on Friday at 4:30 pm. This is the first death of a doctor in Pune due to Covid-19.

Pune municipal corporation (PMC) chief health officer Dr Ramchandra Hankare said, the doctor has been declared dead and was undergoing treatment at Sassoon Hospital.

“The news of a doctor’s death could lead to fear among the medical community, especially the general physicians, most of whom have already shut their clinics,” Hankare said.

According to Sassoon official records, the cause of the doctor’s death is acute respiratory failure due to Covid-19 positive bilateral pneumonitis, acute respiratory syndrome, myocarditis, and acute kidney injury.

The doctor was also one of the first Covid-19 patients who was being administered Tocilizumab which has been recommended as one of the effective drugs against Covid-19.

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