Former IMA president Dr KK Aggarwal dies of COVID-19

Dr Aggarwal was undergoing treatment at Delhi's AIIMS Hospital and was on ventilator support for the past few days.


Former Indian Medical Association president Dr KK Aggarwal passed away Monday night after battling with COVID-19. He was 62.

A Padma Shree awardee, the cardiologist was undergoing treatment at Delhi's AIIMS Hospital and was on ventilator support for the past few days. He breathed his last at 11.30 pm, his family said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The Twitter statement stated that Dr Aggarwal, who also headed the Heart Care Foundation of India, had taken both COVID vaccine doses.

In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Aggarwal had made constant efforts to spread awarness on the disease to save countless lives.

"Padma Shri Dr KK Aggarwal has dedicated his life to the welfare of the public and raising health awareness. Even during the pandemic, he made constant efforts to educate the masses and was able to reach out to over 100 million people through numerous videos and educational programs and saved countless lives," said the statement.

Grieving the loss, AIIMS doctors posted on Twitter: "We lost a grear doctor today".

Meanwhile, announcing the death on Twitter, the IMA stated: "With heavy heart we inform you the sad demise of past national president Padma Shree Dr KK Aggarwal...

"Losing Dr KK Aggarwal is an unexpected and tragic loss to the Indian Medical Association and we are extremely distressed on his loss. Dr Aggarwal was a true legend and was iconic figure in mass education and awareness. He served millions of lives and his services proved a guiding torch to all of us during the pandemic..."

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also stated that the death of Aggarwal is a setback for the whole nation.  

"The passing away of Dr. KK Aggarwal is a setback for the whole nation. He acted all his life for the health rights of common people especially poor, deprived and marginalized. A great human being. RIP!" Kejriwal tweeted.

 

 

First Published:May 18, 2021, 2 p.m.

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