PublicNews18: Dr. Habib Haider Zaidi is the first doctor in the UK to treat the Covid-19 (Corona) virus, which itself fell victim to the virus and then lost its life. He was a surgeon in South End.
Dr. Habib Zaidi was very popular not only in the South End but also doctors in England and especially students of Dow Medical University in Karachi.
Habib Haider Zaidi was born in 1943 in Lucknow, India, before partition. After partition, along with his parents emigrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi.
He did his MBBS from Dow Medical College in Karachi. He also worked for a while at a local hospital.
In 1959, he emigrated from Karachi to England. After coming to England, he got his first job in a general practice in the area called South End and was staying there.
He married a Pakistani relative of his own and he lived there with them.
Survivors include a widow, three daughters and a son, Dr. Abbas Haider Zaidi. The whole family belongs to the department. Dr. Zaidi widow Talat Zaidi is a doctor and is currently in Quarantine.
His mourners include his brother Siraj Haider Zaidi and other relatives including Zia Haider Zaidi. There is a large group of friends at South End’s Dr. Zaidi, but he was unable to attend the funeral because of the virus.
Dr. Habib Zaidi was very popular not only in the South End but also doctors in England, and especially graduates of the Dow Medical University in Karachi.
He was often involved in social and religious services. The first Sunday after the Muharram decade in South Sands was established on the first Sunday in 1970, which continues to this day. Dr. Habib Zaidi has been working as a GP (General Practitioner) for the last 45 years on Lee Onsei, a South End area.
He also established his own surgery. And he continued to work after his retirement. They moved to Quarantine for a week due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
But because of his passion for working, the clinics returned. In the same surgery, he was infected with a Covid-19 virus. He was rushed to the hospital immediately but died on March 25, two days later.
“Their departure has left a deep shock on our hearts. The whole community has felt the pain of their departure because they have dedicated their lives to the people here.
‘ In a tribute to Dr Zaidi, South End Council leader said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Zaidi’s death. He and his entire family are seen with great respect in the local community and people love them.
Two years ago, Dr Habib Zaidi was given the award by the South End’s NHS Commissioning Group for his outstanding performance, saying he was a historical figure and his staff and his patients were highly respected. “