Another senior doctor fell prey to Covid-19, the third in a week, in Karachi, where 276 more people tested positive overnight as 6,551 tests were carried out, officials said on Thursday.
“Prof Syed Waqar Ahmed was brought to the Clifton Campus of Ziauddin Hospital on October 10 with severe pneumonia, and he died today due to post-Covid-19 complications during treatment. He had contracted the coronavirus infection early and survived, but this time he died from complications of his illness, ”said a hospital official.
A thoracic surgeon and former professor at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), Prof. Ahmed is a respected medical specialist among the health fraternities in Pakistan, and after retiring, he joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), said the Director JPMC Executive Dr Seemin Jamali.
It is the third death of a senior doctor in Karachi due to Covid-19 and its complications in a week. Previously, Dr Muhammad Usman, an ENT specialist associated with JPMC, and Dr Shagufta Asif died after contracting an infectious disease in the city.
Expressing sorrow over Prof Ahmed’s death, Dr Jamali urged people to take precautions, wear masks when meeting people, wash their hands regularly and practice social distancing, saying that the coronavirus is returning in retaliation, especially for the elderly.
Sindh is the worst-hit province of the coronavirus in Pakistan, where the highest number of deaths have been reported, health officials said, adding that 2,591 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the province while the highest number of health workers have also died in Sindh, especially in Karachi.
Confirming one more death from Covid-19 in the province over the past 24 hours, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said 276 new cases had emerged over the past 24 hours when 6,551 tests were carried out, showing a detection rate of 4.2 percent.
In his daily Covid-19 situation report, Shah said so far 1,562,125 tests had been carried out and 142,917 people had tested positive across Sindh. Of those 95 percent or 136,102 patients had recovered, including 343 overnight.
According to CM, one more patient lost his life fighting the virus, bringing the death toll to 2,591, representing a mortality rate of 1.8 per cent in the province.
Currently, 4,224 patients are under treatment. Of these, 3,954 are in home isolation, four in isolation centers and 266 in different hospitals.
The Chief Minister said that of the 276 new cases, 214 had been detected in Karachi: 86 in the East District, 67 in the South District, 25 in Korangi District, 20 in the Central District, 11 in Malir District and five in the West District.
Hyderabad reported nine cases, Mirpurkhas six each, Sanghar and Sukkur three each, Tando Allahyar, Umerkot and Thatta two each, and Dadu, Larkana, Matiari, Shaheed Benazirabad and Shikarpur one each.
The minister appealed to the public to pay close attention to the standard operating procedures announced by the provincial government to prevent the spread of the corona virus.