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Karachi Doctor Who Contracted Coronavirus While Treating Patients Passes Away

Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro, who contracted coronavirus while treating the infected patients at a health facility in Gulshan-e-Hadeed Karachi, passed away on Monday evening.

The doctor contracted the infection on April 02, when he was shifted to Indus Hospital for treatment, he remained on a ventilator till his last breath.

The News reported that Dr Azeemuddin, the President of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) expressed grief over the sad demise of Dr Soomro and said, “At the start of this month, his condition deteriorated further and he was put on life support. He remained on ventilator for four to five days, and despite the prayers of his loved ones and thousands of well-wishers, he expired on Monday evening.”

“Dr Soomro was a well-known physician and he was known for his love for humanity. Anybody could go to his clinic for free treatment. He also used to provide medicines to needy and deserving people without any charges,” Dr Fayyaz Alam, a physician and friend of the late doctor said.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Soomro is not the first doctor, who has lost his life due to the unavailability of protective gear in Pakistan. Dr Usama Riaz became the first doctor in the country who died after contracting the virus in Gilgit-Baltistan on March 22, and since then many doctors across the country have tested positive for the virus mainly due to lack of availability of the personal protective equipment (PPE).

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