Dr Jean-Marc Lepage passed away in the last few days. The 81-year-old family doctor passed away on October 28 at the Charles-Le Moyne Hospital in Longueuil. He was carried away after contracting COVID-19 and following medical complications.
He practiced at the Charles-Le Moyne Hospital for over 50 years, where he helped thousands of women give birth.
Over the past few years, he has continued to get involved by working a few hours a week in the Pour une maternité sans danger program of the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie.
He was also a designated member of the board of directors of the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) of the Montérégie-Center.
A shock to public health
In April, another doctor, Dr Huy Hao Dao, was struck by the virus at just 45 years old. The community health and preventive medicine specialist was helping his public health colleagues in the fight against COVID-19.
This second death occurs when Montérégie is among the most affected regions of the second wave. In the past week, there have been 1,000 cases of the disease. It is also the second most affected region for the number of deaths, with 739.
Involved in College
In the case of Jean-Marc Lepage, his departure also echoes at the Collège des médecins du Québec, where he was a director for many years.
“He was a good guy who sat on the board for several years, a wise guy. He thought about patients a lot, ”recalled Dr Yves Lamontagne, former president of the College.
He says he learned of his death in the last few days after health problems.
” I was surprised. He’s a guy who was in good shape for his age, ”said the man who had worked with him for several years, but had lost sight of him after leaving college 10 years ago.
During the first wave, 13 healthcare workers were swept away by COVID-19, according to data from the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).