Director General of the Department of Environment Dr AKM Rafique Ahammed died of Covid-19 on Saturday.
He passed away at 4:14 am at Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital, said Dipankar Bar, Senior Information Officer of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.The top environment official was undergoing treatment in hospital since March 23 and put on life support after his condition worsened on Friday, said a press release of the ministry. He left behind his wife and two sons and relatives, friends and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Dr Rafique, who joined the government service in 1991, is a BCS (administration) cadre of the 10th batch.
Before joining the DoE on May 22, 2019, Rafique served as a commercial counsellor at the Consulate of Bangladesh in Dubai.
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, Secretary Ziaul Hasan, and employees of the ministry have expressed deep shock at the death of Dr Rafique.
He obtained his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Dhaka. Later, he undertook a master’s programme in environmental studies in 2001 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He completed his PhD in the same discipline from the University of Adelaide in 2007.
Bangladesh on Friday recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases for the fifth time in six days. The country has registered 7,462 new cases and 63 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours, the Directorate General of Health Services said on Friday.