Khaleda ‘declines’ to go to BSMMU for treatment

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Dhaka, Mar 10: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia reportedly declined to go to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday for receiving treatment.Jailer of Old Dhaka Central Jail Mahbubul Islam told journalists that the BNP chairperson refused to go to BSMMU for treatment though they had all the preparations to take her there.

Later, BSMMU Director Brig General Abdullah Al-Harun said, “Khaleda Zia was supposed to come here (BSMMU), but she’s not coming. We’re ready to receive her any time if she comes here.”

Talking to reporters on the ground floor of BSMMU’s Cabin Block around 1pm, he also said, “The jail authorities earlier informed us that Khaleda Zia will be brought here today, but now they told us Khaleda Zia is not being brought here today.”

The BSMMU director said medical board members and the hospital authorities were ready to provide her treatment. “Cabins were prepared in this block (Cabin Block) for her. We would’ve provided her treatment had she come.”

He hoped that Khaleda may come to their hospital some other day for treatment.

Abdullah Al-Harun said the members of the medical board formed by the government for Khaleda’s treatment visited her inside the jail on February 28 last, and suggested conducting her follow-up health checkup.

On March 4, a high-profile BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to discuss Khaleda Zia’s health condition and her treatment.

Later, the Home Minister said the BNP chief would be taken to BSMMU for ensuring better treatment of her.

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last year.