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Over 180 doctors killed due to coronavirus in Bangladesh

  • Published at 02:22 pm August 28th, 2021
A health worker enters the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Nearly 9,400 health workers contracted the virus until now, says the Bangladesh Medical Association 

The coronavirus has so far claimed the lives of 186 doctors in the country, according to Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA).

In a statement on Saturday, the doctors’ body said that 9,394 health workers have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began last year.

The first Covid fatality among doctors was reported on April 15 last year, when Moin Uddin, an assistant professor of Sylhet Osmani Medical College, died.

Among the doctors who passed away due to Covid, 25 were working in state-run institutions, 72 were retired public servants, 61 were practising in general or private hospitals, seven were working for or retired from autonomous organizations and one was from army medical corps, said the BMA statement.

File photo of a doctor treating a patient | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The nearly 9,400 cases among health workers include 3,106 doctors, 2,281 nurses, and 4,015 other professionals in different health services related sectors, it said.

The Covid-19 mortality rate among doctors in Bangladesh is one of the highest in the world, the BMA had said earlier, quoting experts.

Bangladesh’s daily coronavirus deaths dropped below the 100-mark on Saturday after 80 fatalities were reported in the previous 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 25,926, according to the health authorities.

Maintaining a downward trend, 3,436 new infections were logged in the last 24-hour span, taking the total caseload to 1,489,589.

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