Another Nishtar doctor goes down fighting coronavirus

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Dr Muzamil Abbas was serving at the neurology ward of the Nishtar Hospital and contracted Covid-19 more than a month ago. — Reuters/File
Dr Muzamil Abbas was serving at the neurology ward of the Nishtar Hospital and contracted Covid-19 more than a month ago. — Reuters/File

MULTAN: Another doctor of Nishtar Hospital died of coronavirus at RecepTayyip Erdogan Hospital, Muzaffargarh on Wednesday.

Postgraduate Trainee Dr Muzamil Abbas who was serving at the neurology ward of the Nishtar Hospital contracted Covid-19 more than a month ago.

He was initially admitted to the Nishtar Hospital but later was shifted to RecepTayyip Erdogan Hospital, Muzaffargarh when his condition deteriorated where he was put on a ventilator.

His ventilator was once removed when his condition improved; however, he was again put on ventilator after his condition worsened. This time he could not recover and lost his life on Wednesday morning.

The funeral prayers of Dr Abbas were held at his native town Mauza Shah Dhanial, Salaar Wahin.

Earlier, Dr Ghazala Shaheen of the same hospital and Nishtar Medical University Vice Chancellor Dr Mustafa Kamal Pasha lost their lives because of Covid-19.

Young Doctors Association Chairman Dr Khizar Hayat Faraan and other office-bearers demanded that the deceased doctor should be declared martyr and compensation for his family be announced.

Meanwhile, Nishtar Medical College Principal Dr Iftikhar Hussain while keeping in view the decreasing trend in the patients of coronavirus directed the doctors of basic side to join their respective departments from Aug 11 at 9am. These doctors were transferred to hospital on June 27 due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases.

Pakistan Medical Association Multan chapter President Dr Masoodur Rauf said that the services of the doctors who performed duties during coronavirus are appreciable. He said that besides the doctors, the nurses and other paramedical staff also gave remarkable service during the coronavirus pandemic.

He demanded that Dr Abbas who lost his life because of coronavirus on Wednesday should also be given the highest civilian award for his services.

Published in Dawn, August 6th, 2020