Mumbai: Dr Sanjay Oak, the chief of a specially appointed COVID-19 task force by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The head of the task force, Dr Oak is currently being treated at Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and is on oxygen support. The task force was appointed to suggest and monitor, various measures and steps taken by the civic health officials to curb the spread of coronavirus and keep the COVID-19 cases under control.
Dr Oak was responsible for analysing the reasons behind the increase in corona positive cases and also the high mortality rate in the state.
For the last 20 days, Dr Oak had been unwell and was initially admitted to the Prince Ali Khan hospital. He has later shifted to Fortis hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Sources in the hospital said, Dr Oak had trouble with breathing and hence is being put on oxygen support.
The task force was formed in April by the state government under the chairmanship of Dr Oak. He was involved in the planning of treatment on COVID-positive patients and guiding doctors treating these patients.
This task force was also supervising and monitoring the situation in the state and working on measures to curb the spread of the disease.
Mumbai city Mayor Kishori Pednekar, Chief Minister Thackeray, Health Minister Rajesh Tope along with Chief Secretary and Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal visited the hospital to inquire about Dr Oak's health.
Being the chief of the special corona task force, Dr Oak regularly attended meetings with top officials and ministers. Civic and health officials are concerned over the health of all these important office bearers in the state as they have all come in close contact of the doctor.