Family awaits govt’s green signal to take Khaleda abroad

Staff Correspondent

6 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The family of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital with Covid-19, is waiting for green signal from the government to take her abroad for better treatment.

Sources inside BNP and the family said after getting a positive response from the government, the family will apply seeking permission to take her abroad as they have already taken all necessary preparations to this end.

Khaleda Zia, now undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital Dhaka, has been suffering from various coronavirus-related complications.

Her diabetes is not under control and she is also taking oxygen support.

Her physicians said they inform her health condition to her family and the party regularly. “She also needs to be fit before flying for abroad,” a physician said.

Speaking at a virtual discussion in the capital on Wednesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Khaleda is seriously ill and urged the country’s people to pray for her quick recovery.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Khaleda’s personal physician Mohammad Al Mamun on Tuesday said, “The medical board formed for her (Khaleda’s) treatment will decide about her further treatment -- be it home or abroad -- after reviewing her medical test reports.”

The BNP chairperson was shifted to coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital on Monday with breathing problem.

Later, Fakhrul discussed her condition with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

The BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 28 for some tests as part of her follow-up medical check-up under cardiologist Shahabuddin Talukdar.

On the same day, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for her treatment.

Khaleda was first diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 11 and she again returned a positive test on April 24.

On April 15, she was taken to Evercare Hospital for a CT scan and the report of the test showed a very nominal lung infection.

Khaleda is suffering from severe and uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cough-variant asthma and an autoimmune disorder that damages moisture-producing glands making it difficult to produce saliva and tears, with a need for bilateral knee replacement, family sources said.