Saudi Mourns First Doctor to Succumb to Coronavirus

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A Pakistani surgeon is the first doctor to lose his life in Saudi Arabia as a result of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Naeem Chaudhry died two days ago in Makkah, where he worked in the General Surgery Department at Hira General Hospital.

Dr. Wael Hamzah Mutair, director-general of Makkah Health Affairs, said the city has lost one of its most skilled and prominent general surgeons.

He paid tribute to Chaudhry as one of the front-line workers who have played such an important role in the fight against COVID-19 in the Kingdom and confirmed he contracted the virus during the course of his work, not from anyone outside the hospital.

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His only existing health problem was high blood pressure, Mutair added.

Chaudhry is survived by his wife and three daughters, who live in Makkah.

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