Dr JN Pande dies at 79: Ex-head of AIIMS' Dept of Medicine and eminent pulmonologist had tested positive for coronavirus

Dr Jitendra Nath Pande, an eminent pulmonologist and former head of the Department of Medicine at AIIMS in Delhi, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, died at his residence

Press Trust of India May 24, 2020 11:15:08 IST
Dr JN Pande dies at 79: Ex-head of AIIMS' Dept of Medicine and eminent pulmonologist had tested positive for coronavirus

New Delhi: Dr Jitendra Nath Pande, an eminent pulmonologist and former head of the Department of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, died at his residence on Saturday.

Dr JN Pande dies at 79 Exhead of AIIMS Dept of Medicine and eminent pulmonologist had tested positive for coronavirus

File image of AIIMS, Delhi. PTI

79-year-old Dr Pande and his wife tested positive for the infection on Tuesday with mild symptoms and they decided to remain in home isolation, said AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria.

But his wife was shifted to the AIIMS hospital on Saturday. "We were following him up regularly and he said he was improving. Yesterday, he had his dinner and went off to sleep and then passed away in sleep possibly because of an acute cardiac event," Dr Guleria said.

Dr Pande had co-morbid conditions.

"Knowledge and humility can coexist and Dr Pande was an epitome of that. He was an excellent human being and it is a great loss to the medical fraternity. AIIMS family will miss him the most because he joined AIIMS as an MBBS student and retired as the head of the Department of Medicine," Dr Guleria said.

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