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Khaleda feels better, talks to relatives over phone

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:33, Mar 28,2020

 
 

Khaleda Zia

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is in home quarantine after being released from jail on March 25, is now doing better and talking to close relatives over telephone.

‘Though she is ill, she is mentally fresh now in a family environment. She can now eat and having good sleep,’ the BNP chairperson’s private secretary ABM Abdus Sattar told New Age.

He said that Khaleda’s brother Shamim Eskander’s wife Kaniz Fatema met her on Saturday and doctors were not allowing any other  person to meet her as she is in home quarantine for 14 days.

Saturday was her third day of home quarantine at her Gulshan residence ‘Firoza’.

Sattar said that she was now jolly as she could talk to her granddaughters and other family members over telephone. 

During the home quarantine, he said, only her doctors are allowed to meet her following quarantine rules.

The doctors are prescribing her by reviewing her treatment documents, he said.

All the medical documents are being collected from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, he said.

Party leaders said that her daughter-in-law Zubaida Rahman, a cardiologist by profession, was coordinating her treatment.

Zubaida is now staying in London with her husband Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of BNP, they said.

A member of the medical board formed for Khaleda’s treatment said that they would begin her follow-up treatment after completion of the quarantine period and she would have to undergo a number of tests then.

Khaleda, who had been in jail since February 8, 2018, the day she was jailed for five years by a Dhaka special court in a graft case, was released from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on March 25 for six months on an executive order.

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