Bhubaneswar: Odisha-born retired doctor Bishnu Mohan Routray, who was settled in the UK and had recently visited to the state, died due to COVID-19 at a private hospital here yesterday. He was 71.
Routray was an ENT surgeon at NHS Scotland. He is survived by wife Rashmi Routray and children Rajiv and Sonali. All are staying in Scotland. The family had migrated to the UK 40 years ago.
Sources said the retired doctor was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for around a month after being tested positive for the deadly virus. Yesterday, he succumbed to the disease and was cremated in Satya Nagar crematorium here.
Routray was also an active member of Odisha Society of Scotland (OSS), UK. This apart, he performed the role of Gajapati Maharaja during Ratha Jatra held at Edinburgh.
Soon after his death news spread, condolences started pouring in from different quarters. OSS members also expressed deep grief over his demise.
“Very sad to hear about his demise. We lost a great human being. I am sure he will be always with us to take the good work forward, which we all started with him through OSS. When we started Ratha Jatra at Edinburgh, Lord Jagannath gave him the opportunity to serve the role of Gajapati Maharaja. For us he was the Gajapati Maharaja. Our prayers to Lord Jagannath to bless his soul and give strength to his family to bear this loss,” said a member of OSS.