A Mumbai- based doctor who had termed coronavirus as ‘Chinese fad’ meant to sell vaccines succumbed to multiple organ failure on Saturday, according to a report in the Mumbai Mirror. Dr Anil Patil had diabetes and other comorbidities, his spokesperson said.
“Dr Anil Patil from Dadar in central Mumbai died because of diabetes and related complications at the Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital in Juhu,” the spokesperson said.
The deceased doctor was earlier admitted at Fortis Hospital in Mulund after developing kidney problems.
In March, Patil’s videos playing down the gravity of the pandemic went viral on social media. “Corona fear is useless, and the virus will not survive summer, he had said. Dr Patil had also said that the virus is grounded and doesn’t spread through droplets or air. He had asked people to behave normally and not be scared of COVID-19.
“Diarrhoea, malaria, acute respiratory syndrome, and not corona are real issues,” he said, adding that instead of coronavirus people should focus on the disease like Influenza.
In particular, the MMC had sought an explanation from Dr Anil Patil from Dadar in central Mumbai whether he has any study to substantiate his claims.
As per the reports, Dr Anil Patil was the owner of a clinic called Vedicure Wellness Clinic & Hospital in Dadra and designated himself as an Ayurvedic expert and had a degree in modern medicine – MBBS. Furthermore, he had also claimed that the 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which had appeared in China, did not affect Indians.