After examining the health of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Bangladesh, the medical board on Wednesday recommended that she be taken abroad again for treatment, a personal doctor said.
He told the BBC that the medical board was advising Mrs. Zia to seek treatment abroad due to liver complications. Meanwhile, the BNP today announced an eight-day protest program demanding medical treatment abroad at the request of Mrs Zia’s family. Law Minister Anisul Haque said that as Khaleda Zia was released by the executive order of the government, there was no opportunity to allow her treatment abroad as per the law. However, he noted that they are reviewing the overall issue.
The physical problems that Khaleda Zia is suffering from: –
Khaleda Zia has been kept under close observation in the CCU since she was admitted to a private hospital in Dhaka on November 13. At that time, a medical board headed by a doctor from a private hospital recommended that he be taken abroad for treatment. Today again the medical board has recommended her treatment abroad after various tests on her health. Zahid Hossain, a personal physician and a member of the medical board, said Khaleda Zia had chronic problems with arthritis, diabetes, kidney and heart problems. Khaleda Zia
Now the big problem is the complexity of the liver: –
But now the liver problem has become complicated and that is why the medicine is not working that way in other problems. Mr. Hossain aforesaid that associate operation on the liver has become imperative, there’s no trendy facility to perform such operation in Bangladesh. He noted that the medical board had raised the issue in its recommendation. “Chronic liver disease has reached such a stage that sometimes she (Khaleda Zia) has some GI bleeding (bleeding in the stomach),” says Dr. Zahid Hossain. He added, “She (Khaleda Zia) has to undergo some kind of operation to treat her liver and the doctors of the medical board have said so.” Bangladesh does not have the benefit of this liver operation. These facilities are available in developed countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. That is why the medical board has recommended immediate treatment abroad, “said Mrs. Zia’s personal physician.
BNP has a program on the highway: –
The government released BNP leader Khaleda Zia in March last year under Section 401 of the Criminal Procedure Code, suspending her sentence in a corruption case. Since then he has been treated in private hospitals several times. Earlier this year, his brother Shamim Iskander applied for medical treatment abroad. The government then rejected the request. Now again a week ago Mr. Iskander made the same request. The government is saying that there is no opportunity in the law. The BNP is seeking a solution based on that request.
At the same time, the party has taken to the streets with its program. Today, they protested all over the country on behalf of the party and handed over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner. They have announced a protest program for the next eight days i.e. till 4th December. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they wanted to put pressure on the government through the program. “We are trying to put as much pressure as possible in a democratic way.” However, the government has said that the law does not allow Khaleda Zia to seek medical treatment abroad. But the government has not yet rejected his family’s request. Fresh Bazar
What the government is saying: –
Law Minister Anisul Haque said the law does not allow treatment abroad. They are still reviewing the application. However, the BNP has complained that the government is taking a firm stand. Asked about this, the law minister said, “It would not be correct to say a strong position. The reason is that Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had released her (Khaleda Zia) from jail by suspending her sentence on humanitarian grounds on instructions.” He said, “I have a difference of opinion (with him) from the point of view of what they (BNP) have said. But the thing is, we are looking into the matter.” Meanwhile, BNP leaders have said that the government will respond positively, they are still expecting it.