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COVID 19 – Karachi doctor dies due to lack of ventilator

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Karachi – Another doctor passed away on Sunday morning due to the coronavirus in Karachi, according to Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary General Dr Qaiser Sajjad, the Dawn newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, Dr. Furqanul Haq — who had recently retired from the Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases — is the third doctor in Karachi to have fallen victim to the disease. According to Dr Sajjad, the deceased needed to be put on a ventilator but could not find the facility despite visiting several hospitals.

“He had tested positive for the virus around four days ago and had self-isolated at home. But because he had heart troubles, he started having difficulty in breathing from Saturday,” the PMA office-bearer said, adding that the wife of the deceased had also tested positive.

Dr. Haq tried to get himself admitted to any of the isolation wards but was unable to receive medical treatment, he added.

“If a doctor in the country’s biggest city cannot be given a ventilator then what will happen to common citizens?” Dr Sajjad questioned.

Previously, Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro and gynecologist, Dr Zubaida Sattar had passed away in Karachi after contracting the virus.

Doctors across the country have complained that the medical community was not being provided with personal protective equipment, making them vulnerable to the virus. They have also urged the government to impose a strict lockdown, saying that if not controlled, the healthcare system will not even have enough beds to accommodate all patients, the Dawn reports.

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