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BSMMU Hospital able to treat Khaleda, says director

  • Published at 12:27 am October 10th, 2018
File photo: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is being escorted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital, before her admission there, in Dhaka on Saturday; October 6, 2018 Focus Bangla

The BNP chief’s physiotherapy session started from Tuesday

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital has all the facilities required to treat the ailments BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is suffering from, says it’s Director Abdullah-Al-Harun.

“There is a separate department here for the disease (arthritis) she is suffering from. That means we can treat her,” he said at a press briefing at the hospital on Tuesday.

The former prime minister’s condition was now stable, Al-Harun said, adding that medical board formed to treat Khaleda will examine her on Wednesday afternoon.

“Since her admission, her condition has not deteriorated. She will recover significantly if she gets proper treatment, and this hospital can provide that,” he said.

Al-Harun later told reporters that Khaleda’s physiotherapy session started from Tuesday afternoon.

Physiotherapy is must for the illness she is suffering from, which is rheumatoid arthritis, he added.

On Monday, the hospital’s doctors had said that Khaleda was suffering from a number of medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

A three-time premier, Khaleda was sent to jail for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8.

Since then, she had been serving her term at old Dhaka central jail on the city’s Nazimuddin Road. 

The BNP chief was taken to the BSMMU Hospital on Saturday for better treatment, following a High Court order. She is currently admitted at Cabin No 612 on the fifth floor of the hospital’s Cabin Block.

BSMMU medicine department’s Prof Dr Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, who heads the five-member medical board, also told a press briefing on Monday that Khaleda’s left arm was currently paralyzed and bent as she did not take her arthritis medicine properly.

“She has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past 30 years, which has played a role in the paralytic deformity of her left arm. These kinds of problems are rising as her gout is worsening.”

He said Khaleda also did not regularly take the medicine prescribed for arthritis, and that is why her condition has deteriorated, leaving her left arm paralyzed and bent.

Dr Chowdhury added that Khaleda had been suffering from diabetes for the past 20 years, but she did not take the prescribed insulin. “So we will have to find out the level of her diabetes first.”

Medical board member and rheumatology department Dr Syed Atiqul Haq said they will begin her main treatment after two weeks, following necessary tests.