Khaleda given physiotherapy


Staff Reporter:

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was given physiotherapy treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University this afternoon.

“Doctors have already collected history of Khaleda Zia’s health condition. And, she was given physiotherapy treatment,” Brig Gen Abdullah Al Harun, director general of the BSMMU told The Daily Star this evening.

He said it was not the right time to say how long the BNP chief would need to stay at the hospital.

Speaking at a press conference at the BSMMU, Harun said the medical board formed to examine the BNP chairperson would visit Khaleda Zia around 4:00pm tomorrow.

Members of the medical board have already examined health condition of Khaleda Zia separately, Harun said.

The medical board yesterday said it would take around two weeks to start her main treatment as the doctors needed to assess her health first.

“Her main illness is pain in joints due to rheumatoid arthritis. She has uncontrolled diabetes and arthritis. It is necessary to bring those under control first,” Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, head of the board and also a professor of internal medicine of the BSMMU told The Daily Star yesterday.

Khaleda was moved to the BSMMU from Dhaka’s old central jail on Saturday in line with a High Court order.

She was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She landed in prison the same day.

On Thursday, the HC asked the authorities to set up a five-member medical board, including Prof Abdul Jalil and Associate Prof Badrunnesa Ahmed, a physiatrist of BSMMU.

Khaleda, 73, has been suffering from problems in the knees and other ailments for long, according to government doctors who treated her since she landed in jail. Her personal doctors who met her in the prison said she suffered a “mild stroke” on June 5.



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