Dr Naseer Haider Ghazi. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: A doctor from Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa died of coronavirus on Saturday, after which the death toll of doctors from the disease in the province mounted to 12.

Dr Naseer Haider Ghazi was admitted at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Ayub Teaching Hospital in Abbottabad. His condition deteriorated on Saturday morning and later he breathed his last.

According to the KP Health Department, 12 doctors have died of coronavirus in KP so far.

The death of another doctor in KP has occurred four days after death of third nurse from the disease in KP.

Young Nurses Association KP said a nurse serving at Naseerullah Babar Hospital in Peshawar died of coronavirus on Monday last. The nurse, Yasmeen, was on ventilator for one week. So far, coronavirus has affected 230 nurses in KP and three of them have lost their lives.

KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan in a message expressed grief and sorrow over the death of nurse Yasmeen. The chief minister hailed the role of doctors and nurses in these difficult times.

On June 17, Dr Abbas Tariq, Head of Anaesthesia Department in Institute of Kidney Diseases at Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar, died of coronavirus.

Dr Abbas Tariq was under treatment at HMC after contracting coronavirus. He also had blood pressure problem.

Doctors and paramedical staff, who are frontline workers in fight against coronavirus, are at greater risk of contracting coronavirus. Besides doctors, the virus has also infected a large number of nurses and paramedical staff members.

Doctors in Pakistan have repeatedly urged the government to impose a complete lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. However, the government is persisting with the option of smart lockdown keeping in view the weak financial position and interest of the workers.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals is increasing rapidly and it is feared that the existing hospitals will soon run out of capacity to accommodate the patients.

Earlier this month, two Pakistani doctors in Saudi Arabia also died of coronavirus.

As many as 2,200 health staff members have been infected with the disease in Pakistan, and 40 of them have lost their lives.