Manisha Jadhav, senior administrator of Mumbai hospital, dies at 51


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When Dr Manisha Jadhav’s mother passed away, she struggled to cope with her grief. Her husband encouraged her to join a karaoke singing class as a distraction, and soon she posted videos of her performances on social media.

“She bought two sets of karaoke, for each of us,” said her husband, Dr. Navnath Jadhav. “And in no time, I was also singing with her.

Dr Jadhav, chief medical officer of the Mumbai Tuberculosis Hospital Group, found other outlets for his enthusiasm. After becoming interested in photography last year, her husband, a pathologist, said she took a course, watched experts explain their craft on YouTube, took photo tours and filled out notebooks on camera angles, focus, exposure and lighting. . She also gave her husband a camera so that he could share his interest.

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Dr Jadhav died on April 19 in a hospital in the city of Mumbai. She was 51 years old. The cause was complications from Covid-19, her husband said.

His approach to his hobbies reflected his dedication to his job, which involved managing hospital staff and managing operations. When the pandemic hit Mumbai in March 2020, she quickly organized personal protective equipment for hospital workers amid severe shortages, made sure they had food, and organized the trip to the hospital. staff when public transportation was suspended during the lockdown.

She was one of 13 doctors honored for their efforts by the governor of Maharashtra state in December.

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“Doctors are like soldiers,” she said. “They cannot be unavailable.”

Manisha Ramugade was born in Mumbai on May 11, 1969 to Ram and Ratan Ramugade. His father was a postman, his mother a housewife. She was the youngest of four siblings.

“As a child, she told us she wanted to be a doctor and joked about injections,” her sister Sunita said.

Manisha studied at Utkarsha Mandir High School in Mumbai and completed her high school education at MVLU College. She obtained a medical degree from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College in Mumbai, where she met Navnath Jadhav. She also received degrees in thoracic medicine and hospital administration.

She joined the Tuberculosis Hospital Group in 1996 as a clinician and moved into administration six years ago. The hospital has been the center of many strikes and protests, and Dr Jadhav has often found herself negotiating with the union representing the staff, persuading them not to take actions that she believes could affect patient care. .

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“If she persuaded us to call off a protest, she would also make sure we act on our demands until they are met,” said Pradeep Narkar, a senior union member.

On April 14, its photography class named its aspiring photographer of the year. “She attended the ceremony online, even though she was ill,” said her photography teacher, Vinayak Puranik.

Along with her husband and sister Sunita, Dr Jadhav is survived by her son, Darshan, a medical student in Ukraine, and another sister, Anita. Her brother, Ravi, passed away last year.


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