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12:00 AM, April 13, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:31 AM, April 13, 2021

Khaleda Zia doing fine

Says her personal physician

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's physical condition is stable and she is asymptomatic, her doctor said yesterday, following news of her testing positive on Sunday. Her medical team said they were ready to hospitalise her if the situation arises.

"Still, she is in good condition. We have full preparation. If we see any problem and think she needs to be admitted to a hospital, we will do so immediately," Dr FM Siddique, Khaleda's personal physician, told journalists yesterday.

After examining Khaleda at her house, he said, "She has not lost her sense of smell and taste. She is quite well. She is carrying on with her normal routine."

Quoting the BNP leader, the doctor said, "She was saying if her staffers were not positive and she was not tested, she wouldn't have known that she's Covid-19 positive."

She urged all to follow health guidelines, stay safe, and also to pray for her quick recovery, he added.

Saying that the second week is critical for Covid-19 infected patients, the physician said Khaleda's biochemical tests will be done every 48 hours. Siddique said physicians from Bangladesh, the UK, and the U.S. are monitoring Khaleda's physical condition.

"We are working as a team. We are consulting and then going for treatment," Siddique also said.

Asked how her immune system was faring, Siddique said, "It is very good. If one more week goes in this way, we will overcome the danger."

Siddique said after getting the report, the medical team found her infection to be mild and started treatment. "We are observing her situation very closely and we have discussed with the members of her medical board everyday," Siddique said.

Aside from Khaleda, all domestic helpers and staff at her residence have also been infected with Covid-19. Siddique said the former premier is taking care of her afflicted staff.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year. She was released from the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) the same day and, since then, has been staying at her Gulshan residence.

On August 27 last year, the government extended her release for six more months and it was extended again for the same period of time on March 15.

On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to the Old Dhaka Central Jail after a lower court sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her jail term.

Khaleda was found guilty in another corruption case the same year. Her party claims both the cases are politically motivated.


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