KARACHI, Pakistan

For Dr. Shobha Luxmi, life has completely changed since she was appointed head of an isolation ward for the coronavirus patients at the government-run Dow University of Health Sciences Hospital Karachi.

She is one of thousands of medical professionals at the forefront of Pakistan’s battle against a formidable coronavirus outbreak, which has left millions under lockdown in the South Asian nuclear state of over 200 million people.

The challenge is all the more greater given the country’s weak public health system.

Apart from the risk of contracting the virus from patients, the doctors, nurses, and other medical staff

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