The joint editor of Daily Prothom Alo was on life support since Saturday
Journalist Mizanur Rahman Khan, joint editor of the Bangla national daily Prothom Alo, has passed away.
The 53-year-old breathed his last on Monday evening at a Dhaka hospital, the newspaper said.
He contracted the novel coronavirus on November 27 and received treatment at a private hospital in the capital.
On December 10, he was transferred to Universal Medical College Hospital in Dhaka’s Mohakhali, where he was kept in the intensive care unit.
On Saturday, he was put on life support after his condition deteriorated. He was pronounced dead at around 6pm, according to Prothom Alo.
Zahid Ahmed Siddiqui, a doctor of Universal Medical College Hospital, told Prothom Alo that journalist Mizanur Rahman Khan was admitted to the hospital on December 10. He was initially treated in the Covid-19 zone.
Then on December 15 and 16, when he was tested again for the coronavirus, the result was negative. Later, he was shifted to the green zone for treatment. A computerized tomography (CT) scan on December 26 showed that 96% of his lungs had been infected.
“He was on oxygen support. On January 9, his need for oxygen continued to increase. He was given ventilation support at 4:45pm that day. His blood pressure also decreased. In the meantime, he had a heart attack at 5:15pm on Monday. He was later pronounced dead at 6:05pm,” said the doctor.
He has left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
His Namaz-e-janaza will take place at the National Press Club premises on Tuesday 11am.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Livestock and Fisheries Minister SM Rezaul Karim, and the Prothom Alo family have expressed deep grief over the death of senior Journalist Mizanur Rahman Khan and prayed for his departed soul.
National Press Club President Farida Yasmin and General Secretary Ilias Khan in a statement expressed their deep grief over the death of Mizanur Rahman Khan. The leaders expressed deep sympathy for the bereaved family.
Mizanur Rahman Khan was born on October 31, 1967 in Nalchiti, Jhalokathi. He was known for his law-based reports.
With his death, at least 42 media workers, including journalists, have succumbed to the coronavirus, or died with coronavirus-like symptoms in Bangladesh, according to “Our Media, Our Rights,” a social media-based journalist group based in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh ranks sixth in the world in terms of coronavirus-related deaths among journalists, according to the Press Emblem Campaign.