Renowned infectious diseases expert Dr Rajendra Kapila, 81, dies of Covid-19

  • Dr Kapila labored extensively on HIV-AIDS, educated many individuals within the subject and practised at Rutgers College for 50 years.
By Ashni Dhaor, Ghaziabad

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 04:13 AM IST

Famend infectious illness specialist and Rutgers College professor Dr Rajendra Kapila handed away in Delhi on April 28 after testing optimistic for Covid-19 on April 8. He was 81.

Dr Kapila labored extensively on HIV-AIDS, educated many individuals within the subject and practised at Rutgers College for 50 years.

He returned to India with spouse Dr Deepti Saxena-Kapila within the final week of March and stayed in Ghaziabad. He was presupposed to fly again to the US by the second week of April however was admitted to Delhi’s Shanti Mukund Hospital, the place he died.

“For the final one yr I’ve been working at a Covid-19 lab in New Jersey and had ensured a protected atmosphere at house,” mentioned Dr Deepti, who specialises in microbiology. “It’s ironic that we got here to India for 2 weeks and he contracted it right here.” She mentioned Dr Kapila received each doses of the Pfizer vaccine within the US.

In a memorial message despatched out by Rutgers College college, Dr Marc Klapholz , professor and chair of the division of drugs, mentioned: “A real large within the subject of infectious ailments, Dr Kapila was recognised world-wide and sought out for his legendary information and extraordinary medical acumen in diagnosing and treating essentially the most advanced infectious ailments.”

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