PESHAWAR: The alarming situation of coronavirus during its third wave in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is continuing as two more doctors and a nurse lost their lives on Tuesday, taking the death toll of doctors from the infection in the province to 61.
According to the Provincial Doctors Association (PDA), the two doctors who died of corona included Dr Khair Muhammad Burki and Dr Abdul Kabir, while the deceased nurse was identified as Nazia.
Dr Khair Muhammad Burki had served as district health officer (DHO) Tank district. He had also served as deputy medical superintendent of the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar. He was admitted to a private hospital in Peshawar and was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) few days ago.
Dr Abdul Kabir was serving as First General Surgeon in Swat. He was admitted to a hospital in Islamabad after contracting coronavirus few days ago. He was also put on ventilator, but he could not survive.
The deceased nurse, Nazia, was a nursing officer at Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar.
Overall in KP, the viral infection killed 33 people on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the province to 2,953. As many as 1,153 more coronavirus infections were detected, bringing the total positive cases to 108,462.
Doctors and health staff are at increased risk of contracting coronavirus as they come in contact with various infected persons in hospitals. Shortage of protective equipment at government hospitals make them even more vulnerable.
The arrival of coronavirus vaccine has slowed down the inflections and deaths of frontline health workers. With the arrival of the vaccine it was announced by the government that frontline health workers are getting the vaccine under the first priority and then the second priority has been given to elderly people. However, registration for the vaccination was slower than expected.
Following the death of several doctors, the doctors in the province have called upon the government to take emergency measures to ensure that the lives of these frontline health workers were protected amid the third wave of coronavirus which is proving to be more lethal than the previous two waves.