Khaleda’s kidneys, liver not functioning properly: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent

15 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Claiming that the kidneys and liver of their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia are not functioning properly, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said she needs treatment in an advanced medical centre abroad.

“As far as we came to know from physicians she is suffering from cardiac problems. The physicians also think that her kidneys and liver are not functioning properly,” he said while addressing a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital.

The BNP leader said Khaleda caught fever on Sunday due to the kidney and liver complications.

Citing the authorities of Evercare Hospital Dhaka, where Khaleda has been undergoing treatment since April 27 last, that they are not well-equipped for all types of medical treatment, Fakhrul said Khaleda needs to be given treatment in an advanced medical centre abroad. “However, the government is not allowing her to go abroad for medical treatment. That’s why we can’t take her abroad,” he said.

Earlier on Friday, the BNP secretary general said Khaleda needs treatment at any advanced hospital abroad as she is at health risk due to her acute heart and kidney problems. “There’re some fundamental issues over her illness which is alarming. She has acute heart and kidney problems. The medical board is concerned about these problems,” he had said.

The 76-year-old BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27.

On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for her treatment.

She tested negative for Covid-19 on May 8, 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus, but the BNP chief is still suffering from various complications.

She was shifted to a cabin on June 3 from the coronary care unit (CCU) as her health condition improved. She was moved to the CCU of the hospital with shortness of breath on May 3.

The BNP secretary general said a meeting of the BNP standing committee held on Saturday virtually with acting party Chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair expressed deep concern over the deterioration of Khaleda’s condition.

Criticising the government’s plan to shift the services of National Identity (NID) cards from the Election Commission to the Home Ministry, he said, “If the authority of the NID services is shifted to the Home Ministry, the minimum possibility of holding free, fair and neutral elections will be ruined. And if it’s implemented with an evil motive, the process of peaceful power transfer will be destroyed.”