POST TIME: 20 June, 2021 10:46:33 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 June, 2021 04:39:00 PM
Khaleda stable, but not fully well: Doctor
UNB, Dhaka

Khaleda stable, but not fully well: Doctor

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s condition is stable, but she has not yet fully recovered from various diseases, her personal physician Dr FM Siddique said on Saturday.

“Alhamdulillah, she (Khaleda) is stable. That doesn't mean that she's fully well,” he told reporters at a briefing at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan residence.

The physician said the medical team formed at Evercare Hospital together with experts from outside the country will continue Khaleda’s treatment at her house for the time being by keeping her under close observation.

Earlier, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia got back home from the capital’s Evercare Hospital after 54 days of treatment for Covid infections and other physical complications.

She was released from the hospital around 8:10pm and she reached her Gulshan residence, Firoza, around 8:35pm.

Explaining the BNP chief’s health condition, Dr FM Siddique said the critical condition of her heart, liver and kidneys caused by Covid complications eased to some extent. “But those illnesses still remain and we’ve not yet been able to complete the treatment and necessary process to address them. So, the risk is there for her.”

He said they have planned to treat her at home, but she may be taken to the hospital after two or three weeks for reviewing her condition. "The complications she has are primary diseases. We’ve taken some decisions from the medical board to treat them.”

Asked whether it is necessary to send Khaleda abroad for advanced treatment, the physician said they have been able to control some of the complications to some extent by continuing her treatment.

“We’ve detected problems in her liver, but the assessment should be done at an advanced centre to apply artificial liver support and other advanced technologies, if necessary. Or else, this could affect the whole body and cause some major complications. We don't think we have that kind of technology or that kind of advanced treatment support in Bangladesh,” FM Siddique observed.

Replying to a question as to why the BNP chief was brought back home without her full recovery, he said it has now become risky to keep her in the hospital for a long time since she had been affected with blood infections thrice.”

Earlier in the day, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir went to the hospital and talked to the doctors about her health condition and release.

The 76-year-old BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27.

On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for the treatment of Khaleda at the Evercare Hospital a day after her admission there.

She tested negative for Covid-19 on May 8, 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus, but the BNP chief was staying in the hospital for treatment for various comorbidities and post-Covid complications.

Her family submitted an application to the government on May 6 seeking permission to send her abroad for advanced treatment, but it was turned down.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.