Senior KP doctor loses fight against coronavirus

Senior KP doctor loses fight against coronavirus

Peshawar (Web Desk): A senior doctor working at Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex passed away on Saturday after losing his battle against coronavirus.

According to hospital Director Dr Shehzad Faisal, Dr Javed had tested positive for the coronavirus a week ago and was on a ventilator. He is the first doctor in the province to die of the virus.

Dr Mohammad Javed was an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist and had been working inside the Covid-19 ward of the hospital.

"He was on the front lines to combat the coronavirus," Shehzad Faisal added.

"More than a dozen doctors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have tested positive for the coronavirus," Dr Shehzad said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan expressed grief over the passing of the senior doctor and offered condolence to the bereaved family.

“Dr Javed is our real hero,” he said, adding that the services rendered by the deceased doctor will always be remembered.

Meanwhile, KP's doctors association has strongly recommended a complete lockdown in the province and separate hospitals at divisional level for those infected to contain the spread of the virus and manage active patients effectively.

Dr Amir Taj Khan, president of the provincial doctor's association, demanded a complete lockdown to enable people to stay home and enforce social distancing or else he warned the health system would collapse and all health workers would end up infected, leaving patients in lurch.

He said that more than 50 health workers, including 20 doctors, were tested positive for Covid-19 because of the arrival of all patients to hospitals.

"It would be most appropriate to have separate wards for suspected and active patients as well as quarantine centres away from the hospitals, not only to ensure their best management but to safeguard our people and health professionals from being infected," Dr Ajmal added.