LONDON, UK—Around eighty health workers in Britain have sacrificed their lives while fighting against covid-19 pandemic. In this row, Dr. Manjit Singh Riyat of Royal Derby Hospital also sacrificed his life while treating the corona virus infected patients.
The first Sikh to work as an A&E consultant in the UK, Mr. Riyat was known by colleagues at the Royal Derby Hospital as the “father of the emergency department”.
“Mr Riyat, known to his colleagues as Manjeet, was a widely respected consultant in emergency medicine nationally. He was an incredibly charming person and well-loved. Manjeet knew so many people here across the hospital and all miss him immensely. He was consistently generous with his remarkable clinical knowledge to everyone in the team. He had that rare gift of maintaining constant joy in the intellectual challenge of clinical medicine, combined with gentle kindness and compassion for his patients,” Trust chief executive Gavin Boyle said.
“The death of Manjeet Singh Riyat, Emergency Medicine Consultant at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton, is a huge loss. I’ve just read about the extraordinary depth and breadth of his commitment to the NHS and training in emergency medicine over a career, with a tear in my eye.” Dr. Phil Hammond tweeted.
The death of Manjeet Singh Riyat, Emergency Medicine Consultant at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton is a huge loss. I’ve just read about the extraordinary depth and breadth of his commitment to the NHS and training in emergency medicine over a career, with a tear in my eye pic.twitter.com/EDTiprByur
— Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) April 21, 2020
It is pertinent to mention that Dr El Tayar, a renowned organ transplant specialist, was the first working NHS surgeon to die from coronavirus in Britain on March 25. Total eighty health workers including doctors and nurses have died of coronavirus till date.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has expressed sorrow on the death of Manjit Singh Riyat due to coronavirus. “I pay tribute to Manjit Singh Riyat who has departed from us while serving his duties.” he said.
Longowal also expressed condolence for the deaths of near about eighty health workers including doctors and nurses in Britain. He said that health workers around the world are serving the people with the spirit of dedication for the welfare of humanity by taking risk of their lives at the time of Covid-19 pandemic. Health personnel are doing their duties with full determination to save people. Apart from this, many other services are also helping people in this crisis. We pray for the welfare of entire humanity.