“He was suffering from Covid-19 infection with severe ARDS. The doctor passed away at 6:25pm on Tuesday in spite of all best efforts by the critical care team and ECMO specialists. We at Medica deeply mourn the sad demise of Sen and extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and well-wishers,” said a release from Medica hospital.
Doctors said Sen had co-morbid conditions like hypothyroidism, borderline diabetes and was slightly obese. Well regarded among colleagues, the gynaecologist had been seeing patients during the pandemic. His daughter, a doctor, and son, an engineer, are working in the US.
“A thorough gentleman and a committed professional, Sanjoy is one of the doctors about whom none in the medical fraternity will have a negative impression about,” said fellow gynaecologist Jayanta Basu, who underwent MBBS training with Sen at Armed Forces Medical College in Pune.
There have been several instances of pregnant women testing positive both at government and private hospitals. Despite the risks, his colleagues vow that they will not stay away from patients as Covid is not going away any soon.
“The risk is there. But we cannot turn away patients. We are committed to tend to patients despite the risk,” said gynaecologist and obstetrician Basab Mukherjee.
At least five doctors in the city had succumbed to Covid-19 in the city in August. According to sources at the health department, Covid has claimed at least 20 doctors across the state, more than half of them in Kolkata. While most of the doctors who had died were above 60 or nearing 60, Nitish Kumar, a 36-year-old doctor, too, figures in the list.
“Close to 6,000 healthcare workers, mostly doctors and nurses, have been infected in the state . It is unfortunate to lose even one of them. But most of the infected have recovered and are back to work,” said a senior doctor in a government hospital.