Senior journalist Fakhruddin Syed passed away at Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) after being ill due to coronavirus.
He had been in isolation at home after testing positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to hospital five days ago after his condition worsened.
HMC spokesperson Toueed Zulfiqar told that Syed was being treated with plasma from recovered patients.
“His health condition improved after plasma therapy”, he added.
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However, Syed’s condition deteriorated on Wednesday night, following which he was shifted to the intensive care unit and put on a ventilator, said HMC spokesperson.
Adviser to KP Chief Minister Ajmal Wazir expressed grief over the death of journalist Fakhruddin Syed.
He said that journalists inform people about standard operating procedures despite the danger.
Rs1 million will be given to the journalist’s family, who passed away after contracting Covid-19, announced Ajmal Wazir.
Meanwhile, condolences messages pour in on social media on senior journalist’s death:
Attended the funeral of first journalist martyred due to covid19 in Pakistan. Everyone was following SOPs. Fakhruddin Syed was a wonderful human being and that is why everyone will miss him forever. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Prayers for all of you. Please stay safe— Javed Aziz Khan (@JavedAzizKhan) May 28, 2020
Shocked to hear senior journalist Fakhruddin Syed of 92 News has passed away due to #Covid19 . Please recite Fateha for a lovely, polite, honest human being we have lost. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and recover all those under treatment. Things are worsening fast pic.twitter.com/TFbPTHJWyS— Javed Aziz Khan (@JavedAzizKhan) May 28, 2020
Condole the Senior journalist Fakhruddin Syed ,who passed away due to the coronavirus on Thursday morning at Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex. Syed was working for the TV channel92 News. @Channel92O @Channel92Band pic.twitter.com/m5uQsUYDUt— Moses-in-Asia (@MosesinAsia1) May 28, 2020
Aah.. Fakhruddin Syed.. Rest in Peace.. You were such a nice human, good journalist and sincere friend. May Allah grant u best place in Jannah..— Yousaf Ali (@uali2001) May 28, 2020