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Young doctor in Chennai died during his quarantine for COVID-19
Times News Network,  20 February 2021
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Dr N Logesh Kumar, a 24-year-old postgraduate student from Madras Medical College had died in a hotel room as he had quarantined himself after his COVID-19 duty. After three months, the directorate of medical education declares that his forensic, radiology and histopathology reports suggest that he had died due to coronavirus infection.

The directorate is in charge of directing all government medical colleges and has sent a formal report to the government for reporting COVID-19 as the cause of his death. They have also asked to process the application to get ex gratia for his family.

Dr Logesh Kumar was taken to Government Royapettah Hospital and was declared ‘brought dead’. The police suspected suicide or food poisoning and so his body was sent for post-mortem. The post-mortem was completed and till Friday, they did not disclose the cause of death. Dr E Theranirajan, Dean of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital asked the directors of radiology, pathology and forensic medicine to submit their thoughts. Their opinions were then sent to the Directorate of Medical Education and on Friday, the directorate settled COVID-19 as the cause of death. 

Director of medical education, Dr R Narayanababu said that there were no internal or external injuries on the doctor’s body and also no traces of poison were found. Radiology reports revealed bilateral pneumonia with consolidation of lower right lobe, which is suggestive of COVID-19. An expert team then concluded that the cause of death to be COVID-19. They have already forwarded the report to the government and will start the process to get ex-gratia for his family.

Several government doctors’ associations had requested the state to declare COVID-19 as cause of death in the last three months.

Source: ET Healthworld
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