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UAE: Former prez of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre dies of Covid-19


PTI, May 3, 2020, 4:31 PM IST

Abu Dhabi: A 62-year-old businessman, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala has died in Abu Dhabi after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to a media report.

PK Kareem Haji died on Thursday due to complications arising from coronavirus infection, his son Mohammad Abdul Gafoor told the Gulf News.

Haji was a former president of Abu Dhabi Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) and an active member in the Indian Islamic Centre and the Sunni Centre, the daily reported.

Gafoor said his father was a diabetes patient since 15 years. “Two weeks ago he complained of fever, cough. Our local doctor took a swab test and the result came positive (for coronavirus). My father was shifted to Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi. His condition deteriorated and the last two days he was put on ventilator,” Gafoor said. Haji is survived by his wife, three sons and four grandchildren.

The Indian community here is in “shock” with Haji’s passing, the daily reported.

“We are in shock. Haji tested positive two weeks ago. His condition was pretty serious and he was put on ventilator. But on April 30 he died in the early hours of the morning at 12.36 am. The community is very sad,” said Shukoor Ali Kallungan, president of KMCC, Abu Dhabi.

Haji’s was leading the fight against coronavirus in Abu Dhabi. He was in-charge of a food drive feeding over 1,000 people. Haji was working with restaurants to send packed meals to workers during the country’s sterilisation drive.

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