Hours after the announcement of jail authorities that Khaleda Zia would be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday said that the party’s ailing imprisoned chairperson was unwilling to take treatment at the hospital.
Inspector general (prisons) Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin on Monday said that if the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia agreed, she would be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on Tuesday.
At a briefing to the media reporters at jail headquarters, the IG (prisons) said that Khaleda had made some observations when she was first taken to BSMMU. The jail authorities then requested the hospital authorities to take steps to address those issues accordingly, UNB reported.
Refuting BNP’s demand to take her to United Hospital, Brigadier General Iftekhar said that as per the jail code, they could only take her to a government-run hospital.
‘BSMMU is currently the best state-run hospital in the city,’ he added.
When asked by a reporter whether the BNP chairperson had fainted, the IG said that it was not correct and that she had lost balance, but was now doing much better.’
The jail authorities had taken into consideration the number of medical tests requested by her personal physicians and said that all those tests would be conducted at BSMMU, he said.
Hours after the briefing of IG, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office said that Khaleda would not take treatment at ‘PG’ (BSMMU) hospital as she considered the treatment there not ‘safe’ for her.
He said ‘partisan’ physicians were there (BSMMU), saying Khaleda’s proper treatment would not take place by Awami League-minded physicians.
Rizvi said the government move to ‘forcibly’ take Khaleda to the ‘PG’ hospital was ‘ill-motivated’.
He reiterated the demand for making arrangements of Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital in Dhaka as per her choice.
The BNP chairperson collapsed to the ground and remained unconscious for five to six minutes on June 5. Her personal physicians who met Khaleda at the jail on Saturday suspected that Khaleda suffered a mild stroke.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court on February 8 and sent to jail.
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