Fearing this to be the harbinger of a major episode, the doctor suggested that the BNP chairperson be immediately tested, diagnosed, and treated as per the instructions of the medical team
Dr FM Siddiqui, one of the physicians who tended to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday afternoon, has confirmed that the incident when she lost consciousness on June 5 was the result of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) – a kind of mild stroke.
Fearing this to be the harbinger of a major episode, the doctor suggested that the BNP chairperson be immediately tested, diagnosed, and treated as per the instructions of the medical team. He also suggested that she be taken to a hospital – preferably United Hospital – for her checkups.
Earlier in the day, civil surgeon Ehsanul Kabir and three specialists, including Dr FM Siddiqui, visited the old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road to check on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health at around 3pm.
Shairul Kabir Khan, member of the BNP chairperson’s media wing, had earlier confirmed that doctors were scheduled to visit Khaleda Zia on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday night, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that Khaleda Zia was not receiving proper treatment for her ailments.
Rizvi said the BNP chairperson had been suffering from a high fever for three weeks, and she was unable to balance herself on her feet as her legs had been swollen for days.
He had also said that they suspected her of having suffered a TIA on June 5, which caused her to lose consciousness.
Rizvi said they learned this information from Khaleda's relatives, who visited her on Friday afternoon.
BNP Health Affairs secretary Dr Fawaz Hossain Shuvo said: “We have been very worried about the health condition of our Chairperson Khaleda Zia for a while now. She has had a fever for about three weeks, and she became unconscious a few days ago, but proper treatment could not be ensured until now. Our team of physicians will finally see her and examine her, and we will be able to determine what measures to take with their advice.”
Asked about the TIA, Dr Fawaz said it cannot be confirmed without proper investigation, although the physicians who have been looking into her health for so long are suspecting that it may have occurred.
“We have been urging the government to ensure better treatment for her for a long time, but they did not pay heed to our words. They did not want physicians directly affiliated with the party to visit her, whereas we only wanted that her personal physicians be allowed to treat her,” he added.
“Now that they have finally allowed the physicians to visit her. We suspect that they have confirmed that she is seriously sick, and that something major has happened. We are suspecting that Khaleda Zia’s condition has deteriorated severely, and we are truly in fear for her life,” the health affairs secretary said.
“We demand that the government take proper measures in accordance with the prescriptions of the physician team, as they know better about her past ailments and treatments.