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30 gynecologists’ lost their lives to Covid-19 in Pakistan

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ISLAMABD: The officer bearers of Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) has said that a total of 30 gynaecologists out of 174 healthcare professionals including 103 doctors have lost their lives to coronavirus while treating pregnant women and assisting in deliveries in the country since the start of the pandemic.

The SOGP officials, while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, said that gynaecologists never deny examination and treatment to any pregnant woman, not even if she is infected with Covid-19.

They said that gynaecologists have performed hundreds of surgeries on pregnant women to save the lives of the mothers and their babies.

The SOGP officials complained that the services of obstetricians and gynaecologists are not being highlighted or acknowledged despite the risk they have put their lives in during the pandemic.

SOGP President Prof Dr Razia Korejo and Prof Dr Sadiah Ahsan Pal said that to pay tribute to their fallen colleagues and highlight their services, a session will be conducted at the association’s 18th Biennial International Scientific Conference, which will be held in Karachi from February 25 to 27.

“Covid-19 — A Continuing Challenge for Women’s Health is the theme of the conference, where issues related to obstetrics, maternal & infant mortality, gynaecology, contraception & family planning, patient safety and other matters will be discussed,” said Dr Sadiah, who heads the SOGP’s scientific committee.

She said that despite thousands of obstetricians and gynaecologists serving in Pakistan, 25,000 to 30,000 women die annually due to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, adding that the conference will also provide scientific solutions to reduce maternal & infant mortality rates in the country.

“Dozens of experts from entire Pakistan as well as abroad are attending the conference to present research papers on different aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology,” she said, adding that Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho will formally inaugurate the conference on February 25.

Dr Razia said the conference will play an important role in extending gynaecological services in the country, adding that they are going to bridge the gap between media and gynecologists’, while sessions will also be held on infertility, assisted reproduction, disorders of sexual development and reproductive endocrinology.

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination stats suggest that 174 healthcare professional and workers, including 103 doctors have so far died due to coronavirus, while the Pakistan Medical Association claims the number of doctors losing their lives to the virus to be over 250.

Meanwhile, Pakistan reported the lowest daily Covid-19 case count since January 12 when only 2,074 new infections were detected, the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data showed Friday morning.

As per today’s stats, 2,400 new Covid-19 cases surfaced after 48,744 diagnostic tests were conducted countrywide during the last 24 hours. The decline in new cases pushed the country’s coronavirus positivity ratio down to 4.92%, while the overall case count climbed to 1,496,693.

33 more people succumbed to the virus, taking Pakistan’s Covid-19 death toll to 29,950 overnight.

Moreover, Pakistan’s active case count also dropped further to 70, 525 with 3,009 patients recovering overnight. However, the condition of another patient deteriorated after which the number of patients, currently in critical care units, rose to 1,496.

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