Former president of the Indian Medical Association and a prominent face of the medical fraternity in the country, Dr. K. K. Aggarwal died last night of Covid. The Padma Shri Award Winner had been on ventilator support at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital for the past few days.
Dr Aggarwal, 62, died at 11.30 pm on Monday “after a lengthy battle with Covid”, said an official statement on his Twitter account. He had taken both vaccine doses.
“Ever since he became a doctor, Padma Shri Dr KK Aggarwal has dedicated his life to the welfare of the public and raising health awareness. Even during the pandemic, he made constant efforts to educate the masses and was able to reach out to over 100 million people through numerous videos and educational programs and saved countless lives,” said the statement.
— Dr K K Aggarwal (@DrKKAggarwal) May 17, 2021
Dr Aggarwal, a cardiologist, also headed the Heart Care Foundation of India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010.
Since the pandemic broke out last year, he had been vocal on various aspects of the coronavirus and had posted several videos and statements to raise public awareness. After he took his second vaccine dose in February, he had posted a Q and A video on Facebook to address hesitancy and misapprehensions.
His family wrote: “He wanted his life to be celebrated and not mourned.”