Doctor K. Sudhakar, 55, who was suspended from hospital in the Narsipatnam area last year for criticizing the state government for failing to provide PPE kits to doctors and nurses being treated with COVID-19 in hospitals , Had provided masks and other protective equipment, died of cardiac arrest late Thursday evening.
His last rites were performed on Friday. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
The suspension of Dr. Sudhakar sparked controversy on April 8, and the problem later took a different turn when police reportedly mistreated him on the National Highway near Akkayyapalem in the town of Vizag and the High Court ordered a CBI investigation into the problem .
During his treatment at KGH, he was taken to the Government Mental Health Hospital for treatment and mental health assessment. He was interviewed by the CBI at the facility.
According to his family members, the doctor had just recovered from COVID-19 and was recovering at his home in Seethammadhara when he reportedly died of cardiac arrest.
His family members said the doctor had been depressed for the past few days as the final verdict on his case, due to be announced in April last week, had been postponed.
He hoped to be reinstated after the department’s recent investigation, they said.