BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition remained ‘stable’ after she underwent a biopsy procedure at Evercare Hospital in the capital on Monday.
“A small lump developed in her body. That’s why a biopsy was performed to examine the lump. After the biopsy, a genetic study also will be needed help in the diagnosis,” Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, member of Khaleda Zia’s medical board said at a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital on Monday afternoon.
Dr Zahid further said it would take time to get the biopsy report due to the time required for genetic study. He also said Khaleda Zia's next treatment procedure will depend on the biopsy report, which might take 15 to 21 days. Khaleda Zia was brought to the Evercare Hospital on October 12 as she was suffering from fever for a few days. She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and diagnosis as per her doctors' advice after she went to the hospital for a check-up. “The lump is only around 1-1.5 centimetre in length,” he said.
"The BNP chairperson underwent a biopsy. She talked (over the phone) with her son Tariq Rahman and her brother Shamim Iskander after the surgery. Syeda Sharmila Rahman, her son Arafat Rahman's widow, also spoke with her. She is doing well," Dr AZM Zahid, also vice-chairman of the BNP said.
Earlier, hearing the news of Khaleda Zia’s health condition, Syeda Sharmila Rahman, widow of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, returned to the country from London to look after her and met the BNP chief at the hospital on Sunday night, the sources added.
Addressing the press conference, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that as per the assessments of her physicians, Khaleda Zia is doing well and there is nothing to be alarmed about her health condition.
“She (BNP chief) is now doing well. She was taken to the operation theatre for minor surgery. She already talked (over the phone) with Tarique Rahman and her younger brother Shamim Eskandar after the biopsy,” he said.
“So her family members applied to take her abroad for treatment. Considering her health conditions, the government should give approval for her treatment abroad,” he said.
Khaleda Zia is now undergoing treatment at the Evercare hospital under a medical board formed earlier for her treatment, led by Dr Shahabuddin Talukder.
The party insiders and sources from Khaleda’s physicians said she is not in good health now as an infection has been found in a specific organ of her body and it may spread if immediate proper treatment is not started.
On April 27 last, Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital with coronavirus 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 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.