A specialist surgeon Dr. Naeem Khaled Choudhary, Who worked at Makkah’s Hera General Hospital, died of COVID-19. This was the first case of an expatriate doctor succumbing to the pandemic in the holy city Makkah.
The Health Affairs Department in Makkah mourned the death of Choudhary, describing him a role model for the medical staff for his tireless and brave efforts to combat the coronvirus pandemic.
Dr. Wael Hamzah Mutair, director-general of Health Affairs in Makkah region, said that the deceased Choudhary, aged 47, was working with the General Surgery Department of Hira General Hospital.
Dr. Choudhary was one of the most skilled and prominent medical professionals under the health department of Makkah who was on the forefront of the ongoing fight against the pandemic. We consider him to be one of the martyrs who stood at the first lines of defense,” he said.
The colleagues of Choudhary in the surgical department of the government hospital mourned the unexpected demise of their beloved colleague, saying they were distressed with hearing the tragic news of their dear friend’s passing, who was known for his gentle and nice behavior.
For his part, Dr. Walid Al-Amri, director of Hira General Hospital, prayed to God to shower mercy and forgiveness on him and accommodate him in Paradise and give patience and courage to the bereaved family members to bear with the irreparable loss.
Dr. Zia Ullah Dawar, a public health specialist at the Saudi Ministry of Health in Jeddah, remembered Dr. Chaudhry in these words: “He was a thorough professional who never hesitated from his duty despite all its dangers.”
He also revealed that the Pakistani surgeon served 5 times in the southwestern border city of Jazan on the request of the health ministry.
“Dr. Chaudhry used to help the Pakistani community in Makkah and provided free services to the deserving people,” Dawar continued. “He was about to be promoted in about a month from a surgical specialist to a consultant.”
Dr. Naeem Khaled Choudhary is survived by his wife and 3 daughters who are residing in Makkah.