The coronavirus has caused the deaths of almost a 100 healthcare workers in Pakistan. The country is in the grip of the second wave of the deadly virus and concerns are mounting, once again, over the lack of sufficient protective gear for healthcare workers.
The National Command Operation Center (NCOC) has stated that of the 100 healthcare workers who died during the pandemic, 71 were doctors, 26 paramedics, two nurses and one a medical student.
At present, at least 10, 314 healthcare professionals have been infected with Covid-19. The majority of the infected healthcare professionals is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) with a figure of 2,638, followed by 2,463 in Sindh and 2,534 in Punjab.
51 new cases of healthcare workers contracting the coronavirus were reported, yesterday, on the 1st of December, according to the NCOC.
Doctors at major hospitals are saying that they are facing a shortage of protective gear. Mayo Hospital in Lahore only has 981 N95 face masks when it needs 12,000, and 87,300 surgical masks when it needs 200,000.
A doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the hospital can only procure more protective equipment for healthcare professionals after funds are released by the provincial government, per a report from Geo.tv.
Statistics just released by the NCOC show that Pakistan has reported at least 2,829 new COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, as the virus seems to be spreading rapidly once more. The death toll recorded in the last 24 hours is the highest in a single day since July 9. So far, 8,166 people have lost their lives to the coronavirus in Pakistan.