NEW DELHI: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain met the family members of Dr Sanjeev Kumar, who died battling COVID, and provided an ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 crore to them, officials said on Tuesday. Dr Kumar, who was a pediatrician at the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital, passed away on March 3, 2021.
महर्षि वाल्मीकि अस्पताल में COVID के दौरान दिल्लीवासियो की हिफाजत करते हुए डॉ. संजीव कुमार ने अपनी प्राण की आहुति दी।— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) May 3, 2022
उनके समर्पण के सम्मान में, डॉ. संजीव कुमार जी के परिवार को @ArvindKejriwal सरकार की ओर से 1 करोड़ रुपये की सम्मान राशि दी। हमें अपने इन कोरोनावरियर्स पर गर्व है। pic.twitter.com/wo9B1JgeLh
During the lockdown, Kumar extended his services to people living in the containment zone and home quarantine. Kumar got infected with COVID-19 while on duty. After being hospitalised for 10 days, he passed away.
Jain said, "Even though the ex-gratia amount will not be able to compensate for the loss caused to the families, I hope that the family will get some help from this amount. Many COVID warriors lost their lives while serving humanity and society. We heartily salute their hard work and their zeal to fight the pandemic."
The government has so far given a 'Samman Rashi' of Rs 1 crore each to the families of 37 COVID warriors, who lost their lives due to the infection while serving the people during the pandemic, the official statement stated.
Jain said that in order to serve the public amid the pandemic, doctors, nurses, and employees have provided 24 hour services for the treatment of patients, by keeping a distance from their families.