Ailing Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment.
An air ambulance carrying Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at about 4:15pm.
Obaidul Quader reached Singapore Changi Airport and was rushed to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in the evening, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported, quoting Bangladesh high commissioner to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman.
The decision of shifting Obaidul Quader to Singapore from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, where he was admitted Sunday morning with three blockages in coronary arteries, was taken after a series of consultations with doctors from India and Singapore.
‘His condition is better today than yesterday. He is stable now but not out of danger,’ university vice-chancellor Kanak Kanti Barua told reporters in the afternoon after Indian cardiologist Devi Prasad Shetty had visited Obaidul Quader and suggested that he should be taken abroad.
‘We have considered that it is optimal time to send him abroad as his condition is stable now,’ he said.
‘After consultation with Devi Shetty, who opined for sending him abroad for better treatment, we communicated with the prime minister and she consented,’ Kanak said.
A three-member medical team from Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore arrived in Dhaka on an air ambulance Sunday evening and examined Obaidul Quader.
Obaidul Quader was admitted to the coronary care unit of the hospital Sunday morning following his breathing complications.
Later, doctors found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.
Kanak Kanti Barua said that Obaidul Quader had uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease alongside cardiac complication.
Besides, Obaidul Quader has infection in the blood, he said.
‘Improvement of his condition is depending on these issues,’ Kanak said, adding, ‘we considered that he could not be shifted abroad, if not now.’
Kanak said that the Indian cardiologists analysed the steps taken by the university doctors in Quader’s treatment opined, ‘what measures were taken were excellent by your team.’
Devi Shetty was quoted by Kanak to have told Obaidul Quader’s wife, ‘Your husband is lucky that he got treatment from an excellent medical team…There is no better treatment in EU or US.’.
BSMMU cardiology department head Syed Ali Ahsan said that Obaidul Quader’s condition was stable from 9:00am on Monday.
‘Only major problem is that the ventilation cannot be removed now,’ he said.
According to him, Obaidul Quader’s right coronary has a 100 per cent blockage. There are two more blockage — one 80 per cent and the other 99 per cent.
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