Panaji, July 7:
Former Goa health minister Suresh Amonkar died of COVID-19 infection yesterday, a health official said.
He was 68.
“Amonkar remained admitted in the ESI hospital (in Margao) after testing positive for coronavirus since the last week of June. He succumbed to the infection on Monday evening,” the official said, adding that Amonkar had been critical since the last few days.
State Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane also confirmed that Amonkar, a former president of the the Goa BJP, died of COVID-19 disease.
Amonkar had served as a minister of Health, Social Welfare, and Labour and Employment in then Fransisco Sardinha government, which was supported by the BJP during 1999-2002.
He had also held portfolios of Health, Labour and Employment in then Manohar Parrikar-led government.