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Bangladesh’s ex-PM Khaleda Zia has fever, stable otherwise

Hasina Govt rejects Khaleda’s plea on treatment abroad

Eastern Times  Correspondent, Dhaka, 28 May:  Bangladesh’s former prime minister and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia, now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka due to post-Covid complications, has been suffering from fever.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir revealed the information while responding to reporters at a press briefing at the party chairperson’s office at Gulshan in Dhaka on Friday morning.

The BNP senior leader said that the 74-year-old BNP chief had been suffering from fever from Thursday and that that the doctors of the medical board for her treatment were observing her health conditions in Evercare Hospital.

He said that she had been suffering from multiple complications, including post-Covid impacts, and had passed a month in hospital.

Khaleda Zia, was   undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital since April 28. She was shifted to the coronary care unit on May 16.

The 10-member medical team submitted recommendations to Khaleda’s family twice to take steps for long-term advanced treatment in a hospital having advanced facilities.

Khaleda tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11 and negative on May 5.

On May 5, the BNP chairperson’s younger brother Shamim Eskander submitted an application to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan seeking permission to send her abroad for better treatment.

On May 9, the home minister told reporters that the government had rejected the application as Khaleda was a convict and that there was no instance of allowing a convict to go abroad for treatment.

A court in Dhaka convicted Khaleda Zia in a graft case on February 8, 2018 and she was sent to jail on the same day.

The ex-PM was released from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s prison cell 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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