Young Doctor Succumbs To COVID-19 In Rourkela, Family Enraged


Rourkela: A 29-year-old PG student, who had been attending to COVID-19 patients at Ispat General Hospital (IGH) here, has succumbed to the virus, enraging her family.

The deceased, Dr Priyashree, was a native of Nalanda district in Bihar and was pursuing Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in Surgery.

She was admitted to IGH on September 22 after she tested positive for the virus. She was then shifted to Hi-Tech Covid hospital and later to JP Hospital where she breathed her last on Friday, the New Indian Express reported.

Dr Priyashree’s brother, Abhinav Ranjan, who had arrived in Rourkela on October 10, said his family is in shock. He said his sister’s body would be cremated after the arrival of his father Prajapati Prasad Singh to the city.

Abhinav accused the IGH and Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) authorities of apathy towards his sister’s plight and claimed that no senior official had visited her even when her condition turned critical.

“This is not the way you treat a doctor and a post-graduate student who had been working for COVID-19 patients. The RSP and IGH management should have acted like local guardians for her,” he said, adding Dr Priyashree’s treatment and death have come as a shock for senior DNB students.

President of RSP Executives’ Association (RSPEA), Bimal Kumar Bisi said the RSP fraternity is shocked at the untimely demise of the young doctor.

He recalled Dr Priyashree as a dedicated and hardworking young doctor who attended to COVID-19 patients with sincerity.

Bisi said SAIL Chairman AK Chaudhary has assured him to write to the authorities concerned to recommend Dr Priyashree as a Covid warrior.

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