As many as 58 healthcare providers, including 42 doctors, have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Pakistan, federal government officials said on Wednesday.
“They are 42 doctors, 13 paramedics and other support staff, two nurses and one medical student. At the moment, 240 healthcare providers are hospitalised, of whom 231 are in a stable condition, while nine are on life support,” the official of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C) said.
The official said Sindh was the worst-hit province with respect to the deaths of healthcare providers, where 22 healthcare providers had lost their lives, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where 11 healthcare providers had died, 10 in Punjab, seven in Balochistan, five in Islamabad and three in Gilgit-Baltistan. Luckily, no healthcare provider has died in Azad Kashmir.
The official said that by June 30, as many as 5,367 healthcare providers had contracted the viral infection, which was three per cent of the national count of coronavirus patients in Pakistan. He noted that 2,798 had been cured, which was 52 per cent of the total cases, but 2,569 or 48 per cent of healthcare providers were still under treatment at hospitals or were in self-isolation at their homes.