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Hospital now refuses to disclose Khaleda’s condition, citing doctor-patient confidentiality

  • Published at 01:12 am October 11th, 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 condition of Khaleda Zia’s health is a private matter'

Authorities at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Wednesday said the health condition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be made public from now on.

The condition of Khaleda Zia’s health is a private matter, they added.

“We cannot disclose anything about her health because the health condition of a patient is solely a private matter and we [the physicians] are supposed to protect the privacy of patients,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Additional Director Dr Nazmul Karim said.

He made the remarks after members of the medical board constituted for Khaleda Zia's treatment met her to ascertain the condition of the former premier, at the cabin block of the hospital in the afternoon.

The five-member medical board, headed by medicine department Prof Dr Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, was formed following a High Court order. The other members are Syed Atqiul Haq of the rheumatology department, Dr Sajal Krishna Banerjee of the cardiology department, Dr Nakul Kumar Datta of the orthopaedic department, and Associate Professor Badrunnesa Ahmad of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department.

The medical board examined Khaleda for about an hour. The BNP chairperson’s private physician Abdullah Al Mamun was with the medical board at the time.

Earlier on Monday, the medical board said it would take two weeks to begin Khaleda Zia's treatment. Prolonged rheumatoid arthritis had caused a paralytic deformity in her left arm.

Khaleda is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis on her left hip joint and knees, as well as uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, painful urination, and respiratory problems, the medical board added.

The board said that medicine for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis could not be prescribed for her if the condition of her heart, liver, kidney and diabetes did not permit, or if an infection is not cured.

“We need to asses her overall health condition and this will take at least two weeks,” Dr Jalil had said.

Khaleda was shifted to the hospital on Saturday, after having been imprisoned at Old Dhaka Central Jail for nine months from February 8.