Govt urged to allow Khaleda to go abroad on humanitarian ground

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:49, May 06,2021 | Updated: 17:38, May 06,2021


Bangladesh nationalist party secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said that the family of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia submitted an application to the government seeking permission to send Khaleda abroad for better treatment as she was suffering from some post-Covid complications.        

‘We hope that the government will allow her to take treatment in abroad on humanitarian ground,’ Mirza Fakhrul said addressing a programme in the capital.

The party secretary general made the demand a day after the 75-year-old ailing BNP chairperson’s family submitted an application to the home ministry on Wednesday evening seeking permission for her treatment abroad.

Ailing Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Eskander submitted the application to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at about 8:30pm.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, after receiving the application in a press conference at his residence in Dhaka, said that he had already forwarded the family’s application to the law ministry for review.

Khaleda Zia, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, is suffering from post-Covid complications like high blood sugar and breathing problems along with her other health complications including severe arthritis and now undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dhaka, said physicians on Wednesday.

A member of Khaleda’s medical team and several BNP leaders told New Age that the former prime minister’s sugar level had fluctuated between 14 and 20 for the last few days whereas it was 8-11 in normal times.

They said that she suffered from breathing complications early Wednesday and she was given oxygen support in the coronary care unit of Evercare Hospital. Her condition improved later.

They also said that physicians also tested the fluid extracted from her lungs and found no further abnormality.

Khaleda’s physicians said that before the Covid infection, Khaleda had been suffering from various complications, including severe and uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and hypertension, for the past few years.

Khaleda was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 28 for some tests as a part of her follow-up medical check-up.

After she had tested positive for Covid-19, Khaleda on April 15 went to Evercare Hospital for a CT scan and the report of the test showed a very nominal lung infection.

She again tested positive for Covid-19 in the second test on April 24.

Her medical team members on April 25 said that the BNP chairperson’s health condition was fine and she had no visible symptoms of Covid-19.

But after hospitalisation, her condition deteriorated and she was shifted to the coronary care unit with respiratory problems on Monday.

Khaleda, who was convicted in two cases, had stayed at her Gulshan house since her release from jail on March 25, 2020 on an executive order on conditions that she would take medical treatment at home and would not leave the country.

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