Tinsukia: A senior doctor died of COVID-19 in Assam’s Dibrugarh town, taking the total number of medical practitioners succumbing to the coronavirus during the second wave of the pandemic to over 421, including three from Assam.

Dr Dilip Kumar Patgiri, former vice-principal and head of the department of pediatrics at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh, passed away at Sanjivani Hospital.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “Prof Dr Dilip Kumar Patgiri played a pivotal role in strengthening medical education & healthcare system of #Assam. As HOD Pediatrics & Ex Vice Principal AMCH, he was a pioneer & father figure for pediatric community in Assam. Deeply pained at his demise. My condolences.”

According to Sanjivani Hospital management, doctor Patgiri tested positive on May 1 and was admitted to the hospital on May 6. “He had bronchitis,” the management added.

According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA), during the second wave, Delhi topped the list with 100 doctors losing their lives to COVID-19, followed by 96 from Bihar and 41 from Uttar Pradesh.

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IMA data also shows that a total of 747 doctors lost their lives during the first wave. Of these, 91 doctors were from Tamil Nadu, the highest from any state. As many as 81 doctors from Maharashtra lost their lives, 71 from West Bengal, 70 from Andhra Pradesh, 68 from Karnataka, 65 from Uttar Pradesh, 62 from Gujarat, 38 from Bihar, 23 from Delhi, 22 from Madhya Pradesh, 20 each from Assam and Punjab, 19 from Jharkand, 17 from Rajasthan, 14 each from Haryana and Odisha, 12 from Telangana, eight each from Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh, five from Uttarakhand, four from Kerala, three each from Goa, Manipur and J&K, two from Himachal Pradesh and Pondicherry, one each from Meghalaya and Tripura.

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