The Bangladesh Nationalist Party affiliated doctors on Monday alleged that their leader Khaleda Zia’s physical problems could not be diagnosed with some ‘simple medical tests’ conducted as per the prescription of the medical board formed by the government.
They also demanded that the government should immediately release her from jail so that she could properly undergo all the necessary medical tests and receive proper treatment on her own.
The pro-BNP physicians, under the banner of ‘Bishishtha Chikiṯshak Samaj’, made the demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity DRU.
Speaking at the programme, M Saiful Islam, a professor of Bangladesh Medical University, said, ‘The medical team chosen by the government advised on doing some regular x-ray and blood tests as part of the initial investigation. It’s not possible to identify her ailments and actual health condition through those tests.’
He said that Khaleda needed intensive care and observation apart from modern medical tests like CT scan and MRI for her proper treatment. ‘So, we demand the government ensure her better treatment through her unconditional release.’
Saiful said that the medical board did not take any step to conduct important tests on the kidney, lungs, liver and heart.
He said that many people considered that the administrative action for conducting Khaleda’s medical tests was a mere eyewash to mislead people.
Saiful alleged that though the BNP chairperson’s personal physicians were present during her medical tests, they only exchanged mere greetings as they were not allowed to examine her health.
As per the jail code, he said that a convicted person had the right to receive treatment by his or her desired doctors in jail. ‘But it has turned into a farce in the case of Khaleda Zia.’
Senior pro-BNP doctors Professor Abdul Mannan Miah, Professor AKM Azizul Haue, AZM Zahid Hossain, Professor Sirajuddin Ahmed, Professor Golam Moinuddin, Professor Sahabuddin and Professor Abdul Quddus were, among others, present.
Earlier on Saturday, Khaleda was taken to radiology and imaging department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for various tests where several x-rays of her bones were performed at the medical board’s suggestion.
On April 1, the government formed the medical team with four professors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital to examine her health condition and ensure her treatment in the jail.
Later, the four doctors suggested that some medical examinations, including x-ray on her different bones and joints and blood test, should be conducted.
On completion of her tests at BSMMU’s Radiology and Imaging department, she was taken back to the jail.
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