• Dr Kapila labored extensively on HIV-AIDS, educated many individuals within the area and practised at Rutgers University for 50 years.
By Ashni Dhaor, Ghaziabad

PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2021 04:13 AM IST

Renowned infectious illness specialist and Rutgers University professor Dr Rajendra Kapila handed away in Delhi on April 28 after testing optimistic for Covid-19 on April 8. He was 81.

Dr Kapila labored extensively on HIV-AIDS, educated many individuals within the area and practised at Rutgers University for 50 years.

He returned to India with spouse Dr Deepti Saxena-Kapila within the final week of March and stayed in Ghaziabad. He was imagined to fly again to the US by the second week of April however was admitted to Delhi’s Shanti Mukund Hospital, the place he died.

“For the last one year I have been working at a Covid-19 lab in New Jersey and had ensured a safe environment at home,” mentioned Dr Deepti, who specialises in microbiology. “It is ironic that we came to India for two weeks and he contracted it here.” She mentioned Dr Kapila acquired each doses of the Pfizer vaccine within the US.

In a memorial message despatched out by Rutgers University college, Dr Marc Klapholz , professor and chair of the division of medication, mentioned: “A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr Kapila was recognised world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases.”

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