Death, infection rise among frontline fighters

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:23, Jun 19,2020


The number of death and infection for COVID-19 is increasing among the frontline novel coronavirus fighters, including health service providers, journalists, civil administration employees and police members while a 42nd physician died of the infection Wednesday night.

Physician M Rafikul Haider Liton died of COVID-19 on Wednesday night. He contracted the disease at the Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar.

Rafikul was the registrar of the endocrinology department of the Enam Medical College Hospital. He was 52.

With his death, the COVID-19 death toll among doctors in Bangladesh hit 42, according to Bangladesh Medical Association.

Till Tuesday, 42 doctors, three nurses and one medical service provider died of COVID-19, Bangladesh Medical Association secretary general Md Ehteshamul Haque Chowdhury told New Age.

According to Bangladesh Doctors’ Foundation, a forum of physicians, so far, 1,281 physicians have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh till Thursday.

Of them, 754 are from Dhaka, 148 from Mymensingh, 177 from Chattogram, 51 from Khulna, 34 form Sylhet, 24 form Barishal, 20 from Rangpur, 15 from Rajshahi and the rest 58 from other areas.

Of the infected physicians, 828 are from government hospitals.

According to the Society for Nurses Safety and Rights, at least 1,302 nurses are infected with the deadly virus while four of them have died and 500 already recovered.

Of the infected nurses, 915 are from Dhaka, 144 from Chattogram, 75 form Mymensingh, 58 from Sylhet, 55 form Barishal, 17 from Khulna, 16 from Rangpur and 13 from Rajshahi.

Of them, 1,030 from government hospitals and 272 from private hospitals.

According to the physicians’ organisations, several renowned physicians of the country, including former Bangladesh College  of Physicians and Surgeons president and BMSSU professor SAM Golam Kibria, Square Hospital ICU head Mirza Nazim Uddin, IbneSina radiology department head freedom fighter Abul Mokarim Md Mohsin Uddin, Ibrahim Medical College microbiology professor Mohammad Mohiuddin, and Impulse Hospital Limited director Jalilur Rahman Khan, University of Science and Technology former vice-chancellor and surgery professor M Rezaul Karim and former Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College director and professor of medicine AKM Mujibur Rahman died of COVID-19.

According to the police headquarters, at least 29 members of police died of COVID-19 till Thursday while the total infected now stands at 8,331 and 4,404 already recovered.

Of the infected police members, 2,100 are from the Dhaka Metropolitan area and rest are from across the country.

According to Bangladesh Administrative Service Association, at least 10 serving and retired admin cadre officials died of COVID-19 till Thursday while over 150, including at least 85 field officials, were infected with the disease so far.

According to media houses and journalist organisations, at least six journalists died of COVID-19 till Thursday while 378 are affected by the deadly virus.

Of the affected journalists and media workers, 318 are from Dhaka and 60 from across the country.

They are from 99 media houses including 52 newspapers, 27 television channels, 14 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.

Bangladesh in the last 24 hours logged 3,803 more COVID-19 positive cases and 38 deaths of the viral disease on Thursday. The country’s confirmed cases now stand at 1, 02,292 while the death toll hits 1,343.

Additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services Nasima Sultana disclosed the information on the regular online briefing on the COVID-19 situation.

Some 1,975 people were declared recovered from the novel coronavirus infection, taking the total number to 40,164.

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