Two Radio Pakistan staffers die of Covid-19

[ 0 ] May 29, 2020

Two Radio Pakistan staffers die of Covid-19

ISLAMABAD: Two Radio
Pakistan staffers died from Covid-19 on Thursday. The deceased include a senior
broadcast engineer and an Urdu newscaster. They were both associated with Radio
Pakistan for 20 years.

According to an
official statement issued by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC),
Senior Broadcast Engineer Mohammad Ashfaq, 48, was a regular Radio Pakistan
employee who was known for his competence and dedication.

Huma Zafar, 52, was
an Urdu newscaster who had been reading national bulletins for the last 20
years. She had recently completed a PhD in Psychology from abroad. For her
performance and qualification, she was awarded the ‘outstanding’ category in
2017.

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Minister for
Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Information Secretary Akber Hussain
Durrani, Radio Pakistan Director General Ambreen Jan and all the directors and
staff members of the national broadcaster have expressed their condolences
regarding the deaths of both staffers and sympathised with their families.

The PBC director
general also held a meeting at PBC Headquarters, where the concerned officers
were directed to ensure strict compliance with standard operating procedures to
contain the spread of the coronavirus.

She said all the
preventive and precautionary measures are being taken to protect PBC staff.

Radio Pakistan
Deputy Controller News Sajjad Parvez told Dawn that Ashfaq was from Bahawalpur
but had been working in Islamabad for several years.

He said Ashfaq
tested positive for Covid-19 10 days ago and had isolated himself. He already
suffered from a chronic lung condition, because of which his immune system was
weak and the infection developed, he said.

“His kidneys were
also weak, because of which he underwent dialysis, but he could not survive,”
he said, adding: “He had also served in Faisalabad and Bahawalpur.”

Mr Parvez said Zafar
was associated with the PBC as a contractual employee and was also a professor
at the Viqarunnisa Postgraduate College in Rawalpindi.

“Huma’s sister was
infected with Covid-19 in Lahore, due to which she went to Lahore with her
mother. Later, she and her mother also contracted the virus, due to which her
mother died Wednesday night and she died on Thursday,” he said.

PBC media
coordinator Chaudhry Zameer Ashraf also confirmed that both staffers died from
Covid-19.

He said the PBC has
decided to ensure the safety of employees and all possible measures are being
taken to protect them from the coronavirus.

A PBC employee who
asked not to be named said that officially, nine engineers were tested for
Covid-19 of which four were positive and the reports of another two employees
are still pending.

Newspaper: Dawn

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