It is a harsh reality that COVID-19 has created havoc upon the lives of individuals all across the world. In the midst of this crisis, doctors have truly been playing their part and helping society overcome this ferocious battle.
COVID-19 has also made the lives of many people in Pakistan miserable. The health of citizens in several regions of Pakistan is deteriorating on a regular basis. One of the regions that have been devastated by the virus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
Four more individuals died of COVID-19 in K-P on Tuesday. The four individuals who died also included 21-year-old Adnan Haleem. He is a 3rd-year student at Khyber Medical College (KMC).
According to ARY News, the provincial doctors association in a statement said that Haleem was on a ventilator at the Intensive Care Unit of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH). They said Haleem fell ill a few days ago. He was admitted to the medical ‘A’ unit of the hospital on October 9, where he developed complications.
The 21-Year-old was then shifted to medical ICU on the same very day where he tested positive for COVID-19. The physicians in ICU immediately put him on a ventilator, but he couldn’t survive and lost his battle for life.
It is not clear if Haleem had contracted COVID-19 during his stay in the hostel or in the college. The administration of KMC had closed the college for two weeks after some students tested positive for the viral infection a few weeks ago. Later, the college got open for the students appearing in their exams.
Social media users mourn the demise of Adnan Haleem
Haleem belonged to the Swat district. He had topped the intermediate examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Swat. His teachers and peers regard him as among the most brilliant and hardworking students of KMC.
Many social media users across Pakistan expressed their grief over the tragic demise of Haleem. Below are some of the reactions:
Young doctors risk their lives for fellow citizens
We should acknowledge the fact that young doctors in Pakistan are risking their lives to protect their fellow citizens. Even after bearing all the stress and ill-treatment, doctors are often seen going viral on the internet for cheering their patients.
It is also important to note that Haleem’s death is not the first incident in Pakistan where young doctors or medical students have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
In May 2020, two doctors in Quetta lost their lives due to COVID-19. The names of the doctors were Dr. Fatima Sana and Dr. Salman Tahir. Details reveal that both the doctors had contracted the deadly virus on-duty while treating the arriving patients
Despite of the stress, these doctors still remain cheerful. A few months back, few Pakistani doctors were seen dancing to lift the dying spirits of the COVID-19 patients.
The circulating videos displayed the doctors’ strong-will and commitment to their profession and they deserve respect.
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