As the news about the death of 58-year-old physician Dr S K Joshi spread in the city, medical fraternity went into a state of shock. Dr Joshi who had his own Joshi Hospital in Aggar Nagar died of swine flu on Monday evening. He had been unwell since February 2.
His old friend Ashok Malik said, “He was perfectly fine till February 1. All of a sudden on February 2, he had high fever and he was admitted to Apollo Hospital from where he was shifted to DMCH on February 8. We are not able to believe that he is no more.”
The doctor’s family suspected that he might have got the infection from some patient he was treating.
However, Dr Sandeep Puri, DMCH principal, said, “We cannot comment on the cause of infection, as he came to us after a few days of disease.”
As Dr Joshi was being given swine flu treatment from day one itself, more than 20 persons who were in close contact with the patient got themselves vaccinated, but few others who wanted were not able to get this vaccination from the market.
Malik said, “When the disease has spread in the country, why is the vaccine not available freely? It is a costly vaccine, not everyone can afford it.”
On Tuesday, Dr Joshi was cremated at Model Town Extension cremation ground, and his cremation was attended by people from all walks of life. He is survived by his wife Sunanda Joshi who is an English lecturer at Government College for Girls, a son and a daughter.
Dr Iqbal Singh, of Iqbal Nursing Home and a close friend of the couple, said, “Dr Joshi was a lively person and was a man of ethics. We cannot fill this void.”
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said that people should take precautions.
TOLL REACHES 7
With the death of Dr Joshi, the toll from swine flu in Ludhiana hospitals has reached seven. On Tuesday, four new patients were confirmed of suffering from swine flu, and the count of such cases has reached 33. These patients are a 28-year-old woman from Moga, and a four-year-old boy from Phagwara. Both are admitted to DMCH. A 48- year-old patient from Nakodar and a 52-year-old patient from Baloke village, Ludhiana, are admitted to CMCH.