Dean of city’s COVID-19 treatment hub - Sassoon hospital transferred

Dean of city’s COVID-19 treatment hub - Sassoon hospital transferred

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Pune Apr 17: Dr Ajay Chandanwale -- Dean of Sassoon General hospital, one of two major centres for the treatment of COVID-19 patients here has been transferred, officials from the health department said on Friday.

As per the state government’s orders, Dr Murlidhar Tambe, Deputy Dean of BJ Medical College and Sassoon General hospital, has been given interim charge.

“Yes, it is true that I have been asked to report back to my original posting. I will go back as joint director, directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) today.

Since September last year, when I took charge as the Dean at Sassoon, "I have always worked hard to ensure that the hospital remains ahead in offering treatment to needy patients. During these difficult times as well, I have offered my best,” Dr Chandanwale said.

Divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar, confirming the transfer, said, “Dr Chandanwale was holding the position of joint director and in view of the prevailing conditions, he has been asked to report to that position.”

Sassoon is testing swab samples from Satara, Ahmednagar and Nashik, in addition to Pune. To minimise the mortality rate in Pune, the state government has constituted a task force under Professor (medicine) Dileep Kadam.

On Thursday, four deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded in Pune city, all from Sassoon General Hospital. The first novel Coronavirus patient admitted at Sassoon General hospital, a 42-year-old male, was discharged from the hospital. He was admitted on March 31 and is from Parvati. His second test came back negative on Thursday.

Amongst the deceased, was of a 65-year-old female who had type 1 respiratory failure due to acute respiratory distress syndrome, due to the virus. She was admitted on April 3.

The second causality is that of a 54-year-old male admitted on April 13 and suffered myocarditis with acute kidney injury, also with acute respiratory failure.(UNI)