• Sunday, May 29, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Food Ministry additional secretary dies of Covid-19

  • Published at 08:38 pm May 9th, 2020
Gautam Aich Sarker
Gautam Aich Sarker Collected

The government official died at the state-run hospital in Dhaka’s Kurmitola

A senior public servant has died from the coronavirus infection.

Gautam Aich Sarker, additional secretary to the food ministry, died on Saturday while being treated at the Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka.

“His samples were tested, which came back as Covid-19 positive,” Jamil Ahmed, the director of the hospital, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Sarker’s family alleges that he was denied treatment when rushed to several hospitals in Dhaka on Thursday with kidney-related complications.

The Labaid Hospital and Dhaka Medical College Hospital were among those who refused to admit Sarker, who according to the family needed critical care. 

“He was suffering from kidney-related problems and was taking dialysis from Labaid Hospital for the last one year, but the hospital refused to admit him,” Secretary Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum of the food ministry told the Dhaka Tribune quoting the family.

A Labaid Hospital spokesman said Sarker was denied treatment as he was brought in with high fever, one of the symptoms of Covid-19.

“He was one of our regular patient seeking dialysis service but he was brought in with high fever and some other Covid-19 like symptoms,” Public Relations Officer Chowdhury Meher-E-Khuda Dip said.

Later on Thursday, Sarker’s family managed him to get admitted to the Kurmitola General Hospital.

“We were in touch with the family since Friday morning. We asked doctors at Kurmitola hospital to conduct a dialysis and the authorities confirmed they will do as the facilities were available there,” Secretary Khanum said.

According to her, Sarker’s condition deteriorated on Friday night, when the doctors wanted to move him to the ICU, but the family declined due to fears of Covid-19 transmission.

Dhaka Tribune could not reach any member of Sarker’s family for a comment.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail