GB doctor battling with Coronavirus passes away

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ISLAMABAD: The first doctor to get infected by coronavirus in Pakistanbreathed his last on Sunday after fighting for his life for three days.

Dr Usama Riaz, who hails from Chilas of Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), was screening pilgrims arriving from Iran and other areas into GB, and was admitted to District Headquarter Hospital, Gilgit, on Friday night after falling unconscious.

Addressing a press conference in Gilgit on Saturday, the office bearers of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) had said that the said doctor had tested positive for the novel virus. They had blamed the lack of facilities and the government’s negligence for Dr Usama’s condition, emphasising that he could have saved himself had he been provided with the required medical equipment like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kits specific to coronavirus.

It was stated that a medical board had been constituted for deciding Dr Usama’s fate after consultation with his family as his condition was very critical. It may be mentioned here that the affected doctor could not be moved to another hospital due to his condition. “Dr Usama should be declared a national hero for his bravery against fighting the coronavirus,” they had said.