Khaleda’s Treatment: Next few days ‘very critical’
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is "still in critical" condition, doctors said yesterday, adding that they were yet to find all the sources of her bleeding.
They said some sources were identified and bleeding from those was stopped temporarily. Some blood clots were also removed.
"We [physicians] are trying our best to keep her vital organs working. She should be sent to a multispecialty medical centre for advanced treatment," AZM Zahid Hossain, personal physician of Khaleda, told The Daily Star yesterday.
Suffering from multiple health conditions, the 76-year-old former prime minister is now undergoing treatment at the capital's Evercare Hospital
Zahid said after conducting an endoscopy, the medical board treating the BNP chief suggested keeping her under constant observation at the Critical Care Unit of Evercare Hospital for the next few days.
"We are constantly monitoring her health. The next few days are going to be very critical," he added.
On Tuesday, blood was detected in Khaleda's vomit and stool and she was given blood.
Colonoscopy and endoscopy were performed on the BNP chief the following day to find the cause of the bleeding.
Khaleda was admitted to the hospital on November 13, nearly a week after being discharged from the healthcare facility.
She was moved to the CCU on November 14.
Family members said Khaleda cannot eat anything. She only has liquids.
"Her tendency of vomiting has decreased but she is getting weaker gradually," said a close relative of Khaleda requesting not to be named.
The government should allow Khaleda to go abroad for better treatment immediately without or with condition and it may be any country, the family source said.
Meanwhile, the BNP yesterday raised a question whether the party chairperson was "poisoned slowly" after being taken to a hospital from the old Dhaka central jail.
"Khaleda Zia was taken to hospital from an abandoned building in the old Dhaka central jail where she was given no treatment. Was there any arrangement for slow poisoning of Khaleda Zia? We want clear answers," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
He was addressing a protest rally organised by Jubo Dal in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Demanding that the government allow Khaleda to go abroad for better treatment, he said, "As part of a plot hatched during the 1/11 changeover, she [Khaleda] was kept behind bars by getting her convicted in false cases. She was kept in prison for about two years in an abandoned damp building of the old Dhaka central jail."
The BNP leader said it was possible for the government to do this as it assumed office by "vote robbery" the night before the voting day, filing false cases against 35 lakh people, maiming many pro-democracy leaders and activists, and making around 500 opposition leaders and activists disappear.
Khaleda has long being suffering from arthritis, diabetes, dental and eye problems. She was sent to jail on February 8, 2018, in a corruption case.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the BNP chief was released temporarily on certain conditions on March 25 last year. The term of her release has so far been extended four times.