Legendary journalist and cultural personality Kamal Lohani has been shifted to Intensive Care Unit of Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital in the city as his physical condition deteriorated further.
Confirming the news, director of the hospital Faruk Ahmed said he was taken to ICU on Friday afternoon.Bonna Lohani, daughter of Kamal Lohani, told journalists that he was admitted to ‘Health and Hope Hospital’ in the city on Wednesday morning as his physical deteriorated.
Now, his condition has worsened further because of his lung and kidney complications, she said.
Bonna Lohani said her father was tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Earlier, he was hospitalised on May 17. He was discharged from the hospital on June 2. He was well for a week and then his health condition again worsened, said Sagar Lohani.
Kamal Lohani, an epic figure of cultural activism, was born on June 26, 1934. He was a journalist and journalist union leaders for more than 60 years.
He grew up witnessing the Indian independence movement, the partition and the language movement.He devoted his life to many cultural movements through Chhayanaut, Kranti Shilpo Goshti, Gonoshilpi Sangstha and Udichi Shilpogoshthi and others.
Holding important positions, Kamal Lohani worked in many newspapers, including the daily Azad, the Sangbad, the Purbodesh and the Dainik Barta.
Kamal Lohani was the president of Udichi Shilpigoshthi and the editor of Chhayanaut for four years.
Lohani was also the president of Dhaka Union of Journalists. He served as the director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy twice.
He was imprisoned time and again for his political activism in the Language Movement, the struggle for independence. He also worked as a commentator, orator, anchor, and dancer spanning over a long career. He penned 12 books, including two volume of poetry.
Kamal Lohani was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2015 and he served as the Director General of Shilpakala Academy from April 2009 until April 2011.
He is an advisor to Udichi Shilpigoshthi, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and Sammilita Sangskritik Jote.