PESHAWAR: Two more doctors died of coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, after which the death toll of doctors from the infection has mounted to 53.

According to KP Provincial Doctors Association (PDA), former District Health Officer (DHO) Buner and ex-Medical Superintendent Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital Dr Ameer Sultan was on ventilator in Corona ICU (intensive care unit) at Saidu Sharif Hospital for last several days where he died during treatment.

The Namaz-e-Janaza (funeral prayer) of Dr Ameer Sultan was offered at Shagai area of Saidu Sharif after which he was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard.

Meanwhile, Pediatrician Dr Hakeem Shah, who was posted in the Peshawar Cantt General Hospital, died of coronavirus infection.

Dr Hakeem Shah had contracted coronavirus few days ago and was under treatment.

Coronavirus has so far claimed lives of 84 health staffers across the province. Some reports put the death toll of doctors from corona in KP at 55.

The death of two doctors in KP happed five days after the death of Dr Muhammad Taufiq who died of corona on Monday last. Dr Taufiq had contracted the infection while performing his duties in Police Hospital and was self-isolating at home. He was serving in Grade-19 in the hospital. He belonged to Mirza Dayar village in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda district. His funeral prayer was offered in the evening in Hayatabad Phase VI.

Doctors 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 probably due to fear of adverse reaction.

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.

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