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Khaleda admitted to hospital again

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to Evercare Hospital Dhaka again on Tuesday for treatment and medical tests.

The BNP chief reached the hospital in the city’s Bashundhara Residential Area from her Gulshan residence around 4:15pm, the party sources said.

Later, she was admitted to the hospital on doctors’ advice, said Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, Khaleda’s medical team member and BNP vice-chairman.

He said the BNP chairperson has been undergoing multiple health check-ups at the hospital. “The medical board formed earlier for her treatment, led by Dr Shahabuddin Talukder, will continue her treatment,” he said. On April 27 last, Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital with Covid infections. She received corona and post-corona treatment at the hospital until June 19.

She tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10 when eight people of her Gulshan residence were found infected with the virus.

On March 25, 2020, the government released Khaleda on humanitarian grounds and considering her age amid the coronavirus outbreak. Later, her release was extended for three times.

Khaleda was sent to jail after she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.

The High Court later raised her punishment to 10 years in the case following an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The lower court also sentenced Khaleda to seven years’ imprisonment in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case the same year though her party claims both the cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chairperson’s doctors said she has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ophthalmological and dental complications.

Her family applied to the government twice in May and August this year seeking permission to take her abroad for better treatment, but the government turned it down saying there is no scope for a convicted person to avail of such an opportunity.