A doctor who warned Boris Johnson about the need for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers has died from coronavirus.
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, passed away in hospital after a 15-day battle against the virus.
Just three weeks ago, he wrote to the Prime Minister, asking him to ‘urgently’ ensure PPE was available for ‘each and every NHS worker in the UK’.
The doctor, known to friends and family as Faisal, worked as a consultant urologist in east London and leaves behind a wife, with whom he only recently celebrated a 25th wedding anniversary, and two children.
He died at 1am this morning at Queens Hospital in Romford, according to his brother, who wrote: ‘I ask you humbly my dear brothers and sisters to please keep my brother in your prayers.’
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, pictured left, passed away in hospital after a 15-day battle against the virus
Dr Chowdhury wrote a message addressed to Boris Johnson asking for PPE equipment for every NHS health worker in the UK
The doctor, pictured with his wife, worked as a Consultant Urologist at Homerton Hospital in east London
The Muslim Doctors Association paid tribute to him in a statement, which reads: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, Consultant Urologist at Homerton Hospital, after fighting for his life from Covid-19.
‘He leaves behind his wife and two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
‘Two weeks before his admission to hospital he wrote a message to the Prime Minister urging for better PPE. May he rest in peace.’
In his letter to the PM, Dr Chowdhury wrote: ‘Please ensure urgently PPE for each and every NHS health worker in the UK.
The Muslim Doctors Association said it was deeply saddened by the death of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, pictured right
Dr Chowdhury, pictured left, warned Boris Johnson children are at risk of being put off wanting to go to medical school in future
‘Remember we may be doctors/nurses/HCAs/allied health workers who are in direct contact with patients, but we are also human beings to practice human rights like others, to live in this world disease free with our family and children.
‘People appreciate us and salute us for our rewarding job which are very inspirational but I would like to say, we have to protect ourselves and our families/kids in this global disaster/crisis by using appropriate PPE and remedies.
‘I hope we are by default entitled to get this minimal support for our safe medical practice.
‘Otherwise in future our children will lose interest to go to medical school.
‘We also should get first track facilities for coronavirus testing to help our patients to prevent the disease spreading.’
Dr Chowdhury’s death is the latest in a list of NHS staff who have died fighting the pandemic.
Tributes flooded in for Barbara Moore, 54, who worked as a patient discharge planner at Aintree University Hospital.
NHS worker Barbara Moore, 54, who ‘dedicated her life to caring for others’, died on April 6 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus
She died on April 6 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
Described as an ‘unsung hero’, the mother-of-two and grandmother, who ‘loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family’, is now the second member of staff to die from coronavirus at Aintree Hospital.
In a statement, Mrs Moore’s family said: ‘Barbara was a much loved wife, mum, nan, sister, aunty, friend and beautiful person.
‘Barbara dedicated her life to caring for others and doted on her two beautiful children and grandchildren.
‘She loved nothing more than spending precious time with her family. Barbara will be sadly missed by so many.’