Despite government’s proposal for treatment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), her party is yet to take a decision in this regard, party sources said.
“It depends on Madam (Khaleda Zia) who will take a decision regarding her treatment. We still don’t know whether she will take treatment at the CMH or not,” BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told the daily sun on Wednesday night.On Tuesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: “Khaleda Zia will be given an offer for treatment at the CMH in Dhaka as she is unwilling to go to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for treatment.”
While addressing a press conference in the capital on Tuesday, Khandaker Mosharraf said: “We’re demanding for admitting Khaleda Zia at the United Hospital immediately for her proper treatment.”
Mentioning that BNP leaders had met the home minister twice and demanded Khaleda Zia’s treatment at the United Hospital, he said: “In reality, the ministry has done nothing in this regard.”
“Four personal physicians of Khaleda Zia met her in jail and said that she had been affected by Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) on June 5. But the jail authorities didn’t take any initiative for conducting the medical tests,” he said.
The physicians have suggested for her immediate health checkups at the United Hospital, he said, adding that Khaleda Zia had already expressed her dissatisfaction over the arrangements, prevailing atmosphere and treatment facilities at the BSMMU.
“We want to inform the government that BNP, if necessary, will bear all the expenses of the treatment of Khaleda Zia, because we want her proper treatment. Without any more delay, she should immediately be admitted to the United Hospital,” Mosharraf said.Meanwhile, Shamim Iskander, the younger brother of Khaleda Zia, handed over a letter to the home ministry on Tuesday, seeking its permission for her treatment at the United Hospital. “In this regard, I assure you that all of her expenses will be borne by me/ my family,” the letter reads.
The jail authorities took an initiative to conduct the medical tests as requested by her personal physicians.
On Tuesday, the jail authorities said that all of the tests would be conducted at BSMMU, but Khaleda Zia expressed her unwillingness to go to the BSMMU.