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Coronavirus positive Karachi radiologist dies due to ‘lack’ of ventilators

He reached out to hospitals, but got no help: family

SAMAA | - Posted: May 4, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 4, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Coronavirus positive Karachi radiologist dies due to ‘lack’ of ventilators

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A 60-year-old radiologist, Dr Furqan, passed away from the novel coronavirus on Sunday in Karachi.

The doctor had quarantined himself at home after he tested positive for the deadly disease a few days ago.

According to his family, on Sunday Dr Furqan’s condition worsened after which he reached out to multiple hospitals in the city but was unable to secure a ventilator.

His wife revealed that he had also contacted Indus Hospital for an ambulance but the driver refused to come saying that there was a shortage of space at the hospital.

The hospital’s CEO Dr Abdul Bari, however, said that there was no such issue and Dr Furqan had not contacted them himself.

On the other hand, Local Government Minister Nasir Shah has expressed his grief over the doctor’s death and promised that whoever was involved in not helping him will be punished.

Dr Furqan was the resident medical officer at the Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and had retired a few months earlier. His wife has also contracted COVID-19.

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