Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Khaleda’s Treatment Abroad

Preparations hinge on govt’s permission

Preparations hinge on govt’s permission

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s family will take preparations to take her abroad for better treatment after getting permission from the government.

“We can’t take preparations until we get permission to take her (Khaleda) abroad,” Khaleda’s sister Selima Islam said while talking to the Daily Sun on Sunday.

“Probably, we will take her to a nearby country as her health condition is not well to fly a long way.”

Asked whether the BNP chief might be flown by air ambulance, Selima said they will take the decision soon after getting permission from the government.

Asked whether Khaleda has any valid passport now, her personal secretary ABM Abdus Sattar said, “After placing necessary documents to the passport authorities, we have got a message that her passport has been renewed, but we have not received it yet.”

Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, has been receiving treatment in Evercare Hospital in the capital for various health complications since November 13.

“Whenever, we will get the government’s permission, we will take preparations to take Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the Daily Sun.

Khaleda Zia’s family will take a decision where she will be taken, he said soon after the law minister hinted at finding legal ways for sending Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment.

The government is looking for a legal scope to allow Khaleda to go abroad for her treatment, Law Minister Anisul Huq said.

Asked about Khaleda’s current condition, Fakhrul said her condition remains unchanged. Bleeding didn’t happen in her body again yet.

Sources close to Khaleda’s physicians said her bleeding has decreased due to the use of drugs as her diabetes level has been controlled with insulin. The hemoglobin in the blood is 6.50 while her face looks dry, fatigue on her face and she speaks very slowly.

The BNP chairperson tested on Sunday to know her latest health condition.

On November 28, Khaleda Zia’s medical board members told a press conference that Khaleda immediately needs to go abroad for better treatment as she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.

They also said Khaleda underwent bleeding thrice and the third time the bleeding was severe, impairing her liver function.

Earlier, Khaleda’s younger brother, Shamim Iskander, submitted an application to the home ministry on November 11, requesting the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.