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 Sahmim Eskander appealed to the home ministry for her immediate treatment at United Hospital in the city.
The home minister said 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 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 at a news briefing at the party’s central office 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 on Tuesday announced that the party was willing to bear costs required for Khaleda’s treatment outside the government facility.
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.