Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque’s wife Laila Arjumand Banu and defence secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury died of COVID-19 Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka Monday morning.
Laila was 71 and Mohsin was 57.
The liberation affairs ministry public relations officer Sufi Abdullahil Maruf in a release said that Laila was declared dead at 7:45am.
‘Senior secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin died of COVID-19 at the CMH at 9:30am,’ public administration secretary Shaikh Yusuf Harun told New Age.
He said that Abdullah Al Mohsin, who also served as secretary to the environment and forest ministry, got promotion recently while under treatment for his illness.
On June 13, Mozammel, also parliament member from Gazipur-1 constituency, and his wife admitted to CMH after they had tested positive for COVID-19. Laila lost the battle for her life after 16 days in the hospital bed.
On June 22, Mozammel recovered from the novel coronavirus infection and returned home.
Laila was born in Gazipur in 1949. She tied the knot with Mozammel Haque in 1974. They have two daughters and a son.
President Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Laila. Besides, members of the cabinet also expressed condolence at her death.
Abdullah Al Mohsin, younger brother of former principle secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office and poet Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, was an administration cadre officer of the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service, said the public administration secretary.
Mohsin had been ill since the first week of May and he was receiving treatment at home, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
Later, he was taken to the CMH and he was diagnosed with COVID-19 there. He was in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for two weeks where he breathed his last Monday morning, BSS reports quoting his family.
Mohsin is survived left behind his wife, a son and a daughter to mourn his death.
At least 11 serving and retired bureaucrats died of coronavirus while 161 officials at different ministries, departments and field administrations were infected with the disease so far, according Bangladesh Administrative Service Association data.
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