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Ministers: Khaleda to be sent to BSMMU Sunday

  • Published at 02:44 pm June 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:12 pm June 10th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on Saturday, Khaleda’s physicians told the media that the BNP chief had suffered a mild stroke in jail on June 5

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be sent to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on Sunday for her medical check-up, said Law Minister Anisul Huq and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.

The announcements came a day after the BNP chief's personal physicians claimed that she had suffered a mild stroke in prison.

The ministers, however, did not specify at what time she would be taken to the BSMMU as it depends on the jail authorities.

Jail sources said the BNP chief might be taken to the hospital on Monday.

“From what her physicians have said, Khaleda Zia thinks she suffered a mild stroke. The home minister has informed me that she will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University today [Sunday] to conduct the necessary tests to decide whether she suffered a stroke or not," Anisul said.

He made the comment while speaking to reporters after handing over the keys of vehicles to district judges at the Secretariat on Sunday.

Asked when she can be taken to the hospital, the law minister said he was not aware of the schedule.

He also said Khaleda collapsed while fasting around 3-4pm two days ago.

He said prison physicians immediately examined her health and found her sugar level low due to fasting.
“She got better after she took chocolates.”

As Khaleda sought her personal physicians to examine her health, the minister said, they allowed four doctors to see to her on Saturday.

The minister said the government would provide more facilities to Khaleda for treatment than a prisoner deserves as per the jail code.

Later in the day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government was 100% sincere about the BNP chairperson's treatment.

Talking to reporters at the Secretariat, he said her personal physicians and prison doctors advised to conduct some physical tests. 

"We have already taken initiatives in this regard, and advised to send her to the BSMMU today. But it's up to the IG (prison) when she can be taken there," he added.

Asked why Khaleda will be sent to the BSMMU instead of United Hospital, Asaduzzaman said there are renowned physicians and researchers alongside her personal physicians at the BSMMU. 

BNP against Khaleda’s treatment at BSMMU

BNP on Sunday opposed the government's decision to send their chairperson Khaleda Zia to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as it believes her proper treatment is not possible there.

Speaking at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office, party’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi renewed their demand for ensuring her treatment at Dhaka‘s United Hospital. 

"She (Khaleda) is not happy over her treatment at PG (BSMMU). She does not want to receive treatment there because she does not believe doctors there can treat her properly," he said.

Rizvi said Khaleda had long been receiving treatment and undergoing medical checkup at the United Hospital before she was sent to jail.

The BNP leader also said: "We urge the government once again to provide her treatment at the United Hospital."