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Dr. Usama Riaz, first Pakistani doctor to die of COVID-19 on duty, awarded Sitara-i-Shujaat

Riaz was part of the team of the doctors tasked with screening patients returning to Gilgit Baltistan

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Dr. Usama Riaz has been posthumously awarded Sitara-i-Shujaat (gallantry) by the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday.

He was the first Pakistani doctor to die after contracting coronavirus while screening and treating COVID-19 patients in Gilgit.

A 26-year-old physician, Dr. Osama Riaz, who screened suspected COVID-19 patients returning to Gilgit Baltistan from overseas and other parts of Pakistan passed away on 22nd of March 2020.



Dr. Riaz was part of the team of the doctors tasked with screening patients returning from downtowns, particularly those pilgrims who were arriving from Iran to Pakistan via Taftan.

He later started providing services to the suspected patients in isolation centers established for them in Gilgit.

Please say a prayer for the departed soul.

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.