PESHAWAR: As the Covid-19 cases are soaring across the country, another doctor fell prey to the contagious disease in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Professional Doctors Association (PDA) said Tuesday.
According to PDA, Dr. Alia Sarfaraz was admitted to a private hospital in Islamabad.
She was the former head of the gynecology department at the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital, Haripur.
The PDA said that the number of doctors who died of coronavirus-related complications in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa surged to 27. They claimed the shuhada package has not been awarded to anyone.
The provincial government in August decided to award financial compensation to all the healthcare providers, who died of coronavirus in the public sector hospitals. “Each doctor, nurse, paramedic, and others will get Rs7 million as a one-time shuhada package,” Health Secretary Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah had said.
Furthermore, the frontline workers are also deprived of the risk allowance, the PDA added.
The second wave of the pandemic starting from November has so far claimed the lives of 18 doctors in the country. According to an estimate, a total of 154 health professionals, 128 doctors and 26 paramedics have died of the coronavirus since March 3.