2 doctors die from Covid-19
A gynaecological consultant in Tangail and a medical staffer in Dinajpur died of Covid-19.
Jakia Rashid Shafi, the gynaecologist consultant at Tangail General Hospital died around 6:30pm on Monday at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital's ICU, while Sudipta Debnath Sobuj, 27, an assistant community medical officer at Birganj Upazila Health Complex in Dinajpur, breathed his last around 4:00am yesterday.
Confirming the news of the gynaecologist's death, Dr Khandaker Sadequr Rahman, Tangail general hospital assistant director, told The Daily Star that Jakia was receiving treatment at home after she tested positive on July 24.
However, her physical condition deteriorated on Saturday and she was admitted to the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital that same night. She died Monday evening while on ventilation.
She left behind a husband and one son, he said.
"Dr Jakia was a renowned gynaecologist surgeon. The district people, including the medical community, was shocked and mourned her death."
Tangail Civil Surgeon Dr Abul Fazal Mohammad Shahabuddin expressed his deep shock over the death.
Speaking to The Daily Star, he said, "We lost another frontliner in the war against the coronavirus," adding that Jakia's husband, and army officer, was also infected and in undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, Sobuj, 27, assistant community medical officer at the ICU of covid unit of M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital in Dinajpur, died from the infection yesterday.
Dr Afroz Sulnata Luna, a medical officer at Birganj Upazila Health Complex, told The Daily Star that Sobuj tested positive for Covid-19 on July 16 with mild fever and a throat ache.
He was receiving treatment at home and had to be admitted to the hospital as his condition deteriorated due to breathing complications on July 23.
He was taken to the ICU the very next day.
Doctors had engaged all their effort to recover him but he finally succumbed to the infection at around 4:00am early yesterday.
Both victims had received both their vaccine doses earlier.
(Our Tangail and Dinajpur correspondents contributed to the report.)