A four-member medical team visited BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at old Dhaka Central Jail in the capital's Nazimuddin Road on Sunday and examined her health condition.
Earlier in the day, the government formed the team comprising four professors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said a senior officer at the Department of Prisons, requesting anonymity.
He said the four professors are M Shamsuzzaman (orthopaedics), Mansur Habib (neurology), Titu Mia (medicine) and Soheli Rahman (physical medicine).
The official said the team went to the jail around 1:15pm and examined the BNP chief’s health for nearly an hour.
He, however, declined to elaborate what the team members said about her health condition.
A day after Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s announcement, the government formed the medical team to assess Khaleda's illness and ensure proper treatment for her.
On Saturday, Quader told reporters: “If the medical team thinks her treatment is possible in the country, she will be given treatment here. She will be sent abroad for the treatment if the team recommends.”
On Friday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir voiced concerns over Khaleda’s sudden illness in jail and demanded the government immediately release her for her better treatment either at home or abroad.
Fakhrul was supposed to meet with Khaleda on Thursday, but the meeting was postponed as the party said the jail authorities informed the BNP chief’s personal secretary Abdus Sattar that she fell sick.
On February 8 last, a Dhaka court convicted and sentenced the 73-year old former prime to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.