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Medical board: Khaleda's health not at risk

  • Published at 02:43 pm October 28th, 2019
Khaleda being taken to jail
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to the Old Dhaka Central Jail from BSMMU Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A press conference was arranged to clear confusion about Khaleda’s health, the BSMMU director says

Contrary to BNP and family claims over the last few weeks that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health has deteriorated, the medical board formed for her said that her health condition is stable, and has improved some, since she was transferred to the hospital.

“Khaleda’s condition did not deteriorate. Her treatment has been going well. She is fine, and is satisfied with her treatment,” said the head of the of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) medical board Dr Zilan Mia at a press briefing at BSMMU’s Dr Milton Hall in Dhaka around 1:30pm yesterday.

Khaleda's life is not in danger now, he further said, adding that life and death are at the hands of the Creator.

Khaleda was moved to BSMMU when her health deteriorated on April 1 from Old Dhaka Central Jail, where she was serving jail term on corruption charges.

A five-member medical board was formed for her treatment.

Earlier, her family claimed that she needed to be taken abroad immediately as she required proper medical treatment.

"Khaleda Zia did not receive any treatment for the last one week, and that caused her health to deteriorate further," Khaleda’s sister Selima Islam told journalists after meeting her on Friday.

Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also voiced deep concerns over the life of their party chairperson on a several occasions.

At the press briefing, BSMMU’s Director Brig Gen Dr AK Mahbubul Hoque said: “Khaleda Zia was admitted to the hospital seven months ago with various physical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, the condition is stable.”

The BSMMU director further added: “Several times when concerned doctors went to check up on her health, they were not allowed to enter the room by the BNP chairperson.”

He also said: “The press conference has been organized to clear confusion, as there have been a number of complaints, and allegations about the BNP chairperson’s health condition, both from her party, and family members.”

“It is quite reasonable for her family members to worry about her health, but world class treatment is being provided to her at the moment. There is no chance of her condition deteriorating,” Brig Gen Mahbubul added.

Replying to a query that BNP leader, and family member alleged that doctors did not visit her for two weeks, Dr Zilan Mia said: “There are sometimes one or two days gap, however, we try to visit Khaleda Zia every day. It is not possible to return to her condition of 28 years ago. It is not even fair to expect that.”

“She is satisfied with her treatment, and so are we,” he added.

Whether Khaleda should be sent abroad as per her family and party’s wishes, Dr Zilan Mia said: “This treatment is possible at home. We did not think about sending her abroad. We do not feel that we are failing to give her better treatment. Madame [Khaleda] never claimed it. She did not want to be sent abroad.”

When asked if Khaleda’s life is in any danger now, Dr Zilan said her health is not at risk.

“She is the former prime minister, and a senior citizen. We provide her with the best treatment we can.”