Dr Md Moyeen Uddin, an assistant professor of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital who tested Covid-19 positive, died at Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka early today.
He breathed his last at 6:45am at the intensive care unit of the hospital, Brig Gen Jamil Ahmed, director of the hospital, told The Daily Star.
Nirupam Das, chief administrator of Bangladesh Doctors Foundation, told The Daily Star that he is the first doctor who died of coronavirus in the country.
Dr Moyeen went into self-isolation in the last week of March with Covid-19 like symptoms and his sample was collected on April 4, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting doctors and family members.
On April 5, IEDCR confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive. He was admitted to the Corona Isolation Centre in Sylhet Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital on April 7, and was referred to Kurmitola General Hospital the following day.
It is not yet clear how Dr Md Moyeen was infected. Some of his colleagues suspect that he might have been infected while treating patients at a private hospital in Sylhet.
A total of 16 persons, including all his family members and a few colleagues, were tested but no one is found positive.
According to a tally of Bangladesh Doctors Foundation, around 100 doctors and healthcare workers have been infected with coronavirus so far in the country. Of them, 54 are doctors, Nirupam Das said yesterday.