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Quader reaches Singapore for treatment

  • Published at 11:14 am March 4th, 2019
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File photo: The air ambulance carrying Obaidul Quader reached Singapore on March 4, 2019, where his further treatment will be carried at Mount Elizabeth Hospital Dhaka Tribune

An air ambulance carrying the Awami League general secretary landed at Seletar airport at around 8pm, Bangladesh standard time

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader reached Singapore on Monday for better treatment.

Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital air ambulance carrying Quader landed at Seletar airport in Singapore around 8pm, Bangladesh Standard Time, his Personal Secretary Goutam Chandra told UNB.

He was then taken to Mount Elizabeth Hospital from the airport around 8:50pm, where his treatment began immediately, Goutam added.

Quader, who was admitted at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) before he was moved to Singapore, was advised to do by renowned Indian cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, who was flown in on Monday to make an assessment of Quader’s condition. 

BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Kanak Kanti Barua, who held a press conference to update the Awami League leader’s health condition at the hospital at around 2:40pm on Monday, disclosed Dr Shetty's recommendation.BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kanak Kanti Barua  addresses to the press at BSMMU on Monday, March 4, 2019 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune“His [Quader’s] condition is stable now. But nothing for certain can be said,” Prof Barua said. “We have provided him with the best possible care available in the world. Now he will be transferred to Singapore via air ambulance.” 

Earlier, Dr Harisul Haq, cardiology professor at the BSMMU, said Quader’s condition was improving steadily, but “he is not completely out of danger yet.”

A 19-member medical board attended to Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, since he was admitted at the BSMMU due to respiratory distress just after Fajr prayers on Sunday.


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Later that day, a medical team of specialist physicians from Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital visited BSMMU to join Quader’s medical team. 

He was diagnosed with three blockages in his coronary artery, one of which was later removed, according to BSMMU physicians. 

Quader was first taken to the BSMMU Intensive Care Unit at 8:30am and then transferred to the Coronary Care Unit.


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Following his admission to the hospital, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited him at BSMMU.

On Sunday night, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, along with party Standing Committee members Moudud Ahmed and Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, visited the ailing Awami League leader. 

Members of the ruling party held special prayers seeking Quader’s quick recovery in Dhaka and around the country on Monday.