Assam Doctor Dies Allegedly After Taking Anti-Malarial Drug

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Guwahati: A private hospital doctor in Assam’s Guwahati died of heart-attack on Saturday, after he allegedly consumed anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being used for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

The doctor, identified as 44-year-old Utpaljit Barman, a senior anaesthetist, had consumed the drug of his own accord as a precaution against COVID-19.

It is not confirmed as of now if the drug triggered the heart-attack, but, sources say, he had written a WhatsApp text to his colleague about feeling uneasy after taking the medicine.

The Indian Council of Medical Research, the top government medical body, has recommended the drug for doctors, health workers and family members exposed to the COVID-19 patients.

The ICMR has also warned that the drug should not be taken as self-medication to prevent or cure COVID-19.

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