The family members of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now undergoing treatment in Evercare Hospital in the capital, have sought permission from the government to take her abroad for better treatment.
On behalf of Khaleda Zia, her younger brother Shamim Iskander submitted an application to the Home Ministry on Thursday seeking the government’s permission to take her abroad, family and party sources said. Talking to Daily Sun, a BNP leader claimed that Khaleda Zia’s family has sought the government’s permission as her health conditions are yet to improve at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital.
Earlier, she was shifted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital in the capital on Sunday as her conditions have reportedly deteriorated.
On Saturday, the BNP chief was admitted to Evercare Hospital again for follow-up treatment nearly a week after she had been discharged from the same hospital.
She was taken to the hospital as per the advice of the medical board formed earlier for her treatment, Dr Zahid said adding that she underwent some medical tests at the hospital.
The 76-year-old BNP chief was also given blood as her haemoglobin level dropped and her liver was also not functioning properly, the sources added.
On November 7, Khaleda returned home after a 27-day treatment at Evercare Hospital after her health conditions improved.
On October 12, she was admitted to the hospital with fever and some other health complications.
She underwent a biopsy at the hospital on October 25 as she developed a small lump in her body.
Later, her biopsy report was sent to the US and UK for review. The BNP chief’s doctors said the biopsy was conducted to detect the nature of the lump.
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 that there is no scope for a convicted person to avail herself of such a scope, her doctors said.
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 party will hold a milad-mahfil today across the country to pray for her immediate recovery.
The milad-mahfil will be held in districts and metropolitan city areas while it will be held at the party central office at Nayapaltan of the capital.