Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, who tested positive for Covid-19, was given plasma therapy for the third time on Friday night when he was on regular kidney dialysis.
"It seems Sir's health has improved slightly than yesterday [Friday] as the he was taken off the ventilator this [Saturday] morning. He has been given oxygen support," Gonoshasthaya Kendra Public Relations Officer Forhad Hossain told UNB yesterday.
He also said Zafrullah started taking normal food in the morning.
Farhad said doctors suggested the Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder undergo some medical tests to assess the improvement of his condition.
He said Zafrullah's fever has gone down, but he still has breathing problems. "He will be kept under close observation by doctors for the next two/ three days."
Zafrullah's condition deteriorated slightly on Thursday night after he developed breathing complications.
He has been receiving treatment at Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital in the city's Dhanmondi area under the supervision of Brig Dr Mamun Mustafiz and Prof Dr Najib.
Zafrullah, also a freedom fighter, underwent coronavirus testing with the kit developed by Gonoshasthaya which found him to be Covid-19 positive on May 25.
Four days later, a RT-PCR test at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) also found him positive for novel coronavirus.Earlier, he was given plasma therapy twice.