BNP secretary general irked by government’s refusal to allow the party chief to seek advanced medical care abroad
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s fever is now under control, says party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
"I would like to thank the doctors as they’ve been providing treatment to her (Khaleda) tirelessly. Her body temperature is now under control due to their proper treatment,” he said.
The BNP leader made the remarks on Sunday while talking to reporters after placing wreaths on party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave, marking his 40th death anniversary.
Fakhrul also said doctors are hopeful that the fever may not affect her further as she has been given necessary treatment.
He, however, voiced anger over the refusal of permission by the government to send the BNP chief abroad for advanced treatment.
"We’re saddened that the leader who had fought for democracy throughout her life and was tortured by Pakistani occupation forces in 1971, is not given an opportunity now for receiving treatment abroad, " the BNP leader said.
He said they have repeatedly been talking about advanced treatment of Khaleda, but the government is depriving her of that opportunity because of their “vengeful politics”.
On Friday, Fakhrul said Khaleda was suddenly afflicted with fever on Thursday night.
The 76-year-old BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27 for a thorough health check-up.
On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for the treatment of Khaleda at the Evercare Hospital, a day after her admission there.
She was shifted to the CCU of the hospital with shortness of breath on May 3.
Her family submitted an application to the government on May 6 seeking permission to send her abroad for advanced treatment, but it was turned down as a convicted person cannot avail of such a scope.
She tested negative for Covid-19 on May 8, 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus, but the BNP chief is still suffering from post-Covid complications.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.