Ailing Khaleda admitted to BSMMU

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Dhaka, Apr 01: Ailing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday for her better medical treatment.BSMMU director Brig Gen Dr AK Mahbubul Hoque and additional director Dr Md Nazmul Karim received Khaleda as black jeep carrying her reached the hospital at 12:35 pm from Old Dhaka Central Jail.

Later, she was taken to the fifth floor of the hospital’s cabin block in a wheelchair.

“Khaleda Zia was admitted to BSMMU’s 621-no room (at Cabin Block) around 12:45 pm. We along with a five-member medical board visited her at the cabin around 2 pm,” said BSMMU director Mahbubul Hoque.

Talking to reporters at the hospital, he said the medical board carefully heard from Khaleda Zia about her physical problems. “After analysing her health problems, the medical board has given her a prescription, and she’ll take medicines from today (Monday) as per the prescription.”

The BSMMU director said Khaleda has been suffering from serious pain in the joints of her hands and legs. “She is also very week as she can’t take food and sleep well. Her sugar level is also high.”

Mahbubul Hoque, however, said it apparently looks Khaleda is not suffering from any critical disease.

He also claimed that the BNP chairperson spontaneously talked to the medical board members about her physical problems as she has confidence in them. “She also received their prescription gladly. I think she is happy with the medical board.”

The BSMMU director also said Khaleda’s health condition is now stable.

Asked whether there is any necessity for her medical test now, he said some tests were conducted earlier when she was in jail. “The board did not suggest any fresh test.”

The BSMMU director said a doctor will check Khaleda’s health condition every day to assess whether it is improving or not.

Asked whether there is any necessity to send Khaleda to any other hospital or abroad, he said she is not suffering from such a critical disease which treatment is not possible at BSMMU.

Khaleda’s belongings, including her bed, two suitcases and a plastic wardrobe, were brought to the hospital in a truck from jail in the morning.

Security has been beefed up around the hospital since morning.

When the vehicle carrying Khaleda reached the hospital gate, Khaleda was seen sitting beside her domestic help Fatema Begum keeping head on her shoulder.

BNP top leaders, including BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas went to the hospital gate around 11am and waited there for Khaleda Zia.

Besides, several leaders of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal staged demonstrations 200 yards off the hospital gate and chanted various slogans.

Earlier on March 10, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia reportedly declined to go to BSMMU for receiving treatment.

BNP has been demanding the government allow Khaleda Zia to receive treatment at a private hospital as per her choice.

On Mar 19, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that their chairperson Khaleda Zia neither can eat anything properly nor keep her head straight as her health condition has seriously deteriorated.

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.

Talking to reporters at BSMMU, Mirza Fakhrul said they still want Khaleda to be shifted to another specialised hospital for proper treatment.

“We’re seriously worried about her health condition. That’s why we want Khaleda Zia to be taken to a specialised hospital for her proper treatment,” he said.

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

On October 7 last year, Khaleda was admitted to the BSMMU and she received treatment there for nearly a month.

BNP alleged that their chairperson had been taken back to jail at that time without completing her treatment.