Home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday that jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia would be offered treatment at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka as she was unwilling to go to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for check-up.
‘BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would be taken to such a facility where the government could provide her best services available. We will offer her treatment at CMH. Hopefully she will accept it,’ Asaduzzaman told reporters at the secretariat as Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Eskander appealed to the home ministry for her immediate treatment at United Hospital in the city.
The home minister said that her family’s demand for taking Khaleda, also former prime minister, to the private hospital was not logical.
He said it was not clear to them why Khaleda was unwilling to take treatment at BSMMU, which he termed as the best state-run medical facility.
Hours after the announcement of the jail authorities that Khaleda Zia would be taken to BSMMU on Monday, BNP said that the party’s ailing chairperson was unwilling to take treatment at the hospital.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday said that Khaleda would not take treatment at ‘PG’ (BSMMU) hospital as she considered the treatment there not ‘safe’ for her.
The BNP chairperson reportedly 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 Tuesday announced that the party was willing to bear costs required for Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital in
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at a news briefing at the party central office made the announcement following inspector general of the prisons’ Monday’s remarks about bearing cost of treatment of Khaleda at private hospital.
‘We want to inform the government that if necessary our party would bear all costs of Khaleda Zia’s treatment,’ he said.
He also called for stopping all ‘ill-tricks’ of the government barring Khaleda’s release from jail after securing bail from the highest court in the key case.
The standing committee member recalled that even during the ‘so-called 1/11 government’, one-time prime minister Sheikh Hasina was taken to private Square Hospital for treatment.
It was mysterious why the government was making delay in deciding treatment of three-time prime minister Khaleda Zia, also wife of elected president of the country and
former army chief, Mosharraf said.
He warned that the consequence of the government would not be good if Khaleda’s better treatment was ‘neglected’ or ‘delayed’ for political reason.
Sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court February 8, BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on the day.
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