Professor Dr AKM Shamsuzzaman, immediate past director of National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre (NILMRC), died of Covid-19 on Saturday.
He breathed his last around 7:00 am while being treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in Dhaka, hospital director Faruque Ahmed told The Business Standard.
Apart from Covid-19, he had also been suffering from diabetes, high pressure, and obesity, he added.
Admitted to the hospital on April 10, he was later shifted to the ICU as his condition deteriorated, the hospital director said.
A professor of microbiology, Shamsuzzaman was also director of the disease control wing at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
The laboratory of NILMRC carried out the highest number of coronavirus tests during the pandemic.
According to statistics, more than seven lakh Covid-19 samples have been tested in the NILMRC lab.
Bangladesh Health Reporters' Forum president Toufiq Maruf and general secretary Rashed Rabbi expressed deep shock at the death of professor Shamsuzzaman. They also prayed for the departed soul.
According to the Bangladesh Medical Association, so far 149 doctors have died from covid-19.