Jaipur: Eminent neurologist and Padma Shri awardee Dr. Ashok Panagariya passed away on Friday, after battling with post-Covid complications for several days. He was infected with Covid-19 but recovered. The virus infection, however, caused severe damage to his lungs. Senior politicians, public representatives, doctors, and people from all walks of life took to Twitter and other media platforms to express grief and extend condolences to his family.
Ashok Gehlot said that Dr. Panagariya’s demise was a huge loss to the medical fraternity and the state. “It’s a personal loss for me and my family. I have had family relations with him for a long time. I would never be able to forget it,” said Gehlot.
He said that Dr. Panagariya played a vital role during the pandemic.
Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje said that she was saddened to hear the news of Dr. Panagariya’s demise. “May his soul rest in peace,” Raje wrote on Twitter.
The eminent neurologist received the Merit Award from the Government of Rajasthan in 1992. He was the Head of the Department of Neurology at SMS Hospital. He was the SMS Medical College principal from 2006 to 2010. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri. More than 90 of his research papers have been featured in prominent journals. He originally hails from Suwana town near Bhilwara.
Sources said that Dr. Panagariya has been vaccinated with the second dose of Covishield. Despite that, he contracted Covid-19. An HRCT scan showed infection in his lungs on April 25 following which he was admitted to RUHS hospital immediately. He recovered from Covid-19, but continued to feel weakness. He was then admitted to EHCC Hospital at Jawahar Circle.