Khaleda Zia's health condition is ill but not in danger: BSMMU director
12:00 AM, September 17, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:17 AM, September 17, 2018

Admit Khaleda to BSMMU

Advises medical board, says she's not in danger but needs to be seen by specialists

The government formed medical board yesterday recommended Khaleda Zia be admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.  

“She is not in danger at the moment. But they advised admitting her into a hospital with specialised doctors for proper treatment,” Brig Gen Abdullah Al Harun, director of BSMMU, said.

The doctors also suggested several tests.

They termed BSMMU the most suitable hospital for this, he told reporters at his office.

If Khaleda wants, the hospital will provide her with treatment.

The five-member medical board examined Khaleda inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail on Saturday and submitted its report to the BSMMU director yesterday. The report was also sent to the prisons directorate.

The board was formed after Khaleda on September 5 refused to appear before a court for hearing, saying she was ill.

The prison and BSMMU authorities in June took preparations for her treatment at the hospital, but Khaleda said she would only be treated at United Hospital.

Authorities said taking her to a private hospital would violate the jail code and suggested that she took treatment at Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka. She refused that as well.

The BSMMU director yesterday said Khaleda's illnesses did not develop after she was jailed. She has been suffering from the ailments long before.

Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said it would not be possible to ensure proper treatment of Khaleda under “pro-ruling party doctors”.

“We are unhappy about the medical board. We do not think our leader would get proper treatment..... We cannot trust them,” he told a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan office.

He also reiterated the party's demand for a new medical board that would include Khaleda's personal physicians.

“We got frustrated when the medical board was formed with only government physicians.”

On September 9, a 10-member BNP delegation led by its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and made the same demand.


The home minister then said her personal physicians would be included.

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