RIP hero Dr. Simon Hercules, a 55-year-old neurosurgeon.
I condemn attacks against the burial of a doctor who died of Covid19.
My deepest condolences to all of Dr. Simon’s family and friends.
While the nation repeatedly saluted Frontline healthcare workers for their service during the carnivorous pandemic, one doctor in Tamil Nadu was robbed of dignity even in death.
On 19 April, 55-year-old neurosurgeon, Dr. Simon Hercules, also the MD of New Hope Hospital in Chennai, passed away on Sunday after having tested positive for COVID-19 earlier. At around 9 pm, his family & fellow doctors, officials from Chennai’s municipal corporation, were on their way to a burial ground when they were diverted to a second place. When they approached the burial ground at TP Chathram, people surrounded them. Sticks and stones were thrown at those already grieving the death of their father, their colleague, their friend and they left healthcare workers bleeding.
Police said the people feared the burial would spread the virus. Dr. Simon Hercules was later buried in the presence of police security, but without his family members being around. Police have arrested 20 persons for rioting and attempt to murder while opposing the burial of a doctor who died of Covid-19.
Meantime, Vijayakanth sir who has offered a portion of land near a college owned by his family to bury the coronavirus victims.
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