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4 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 March, 2019 01:21:39 AM

Quader’s condition improves slightly

Quader’s condition
improves slightly
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visits the ailing Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the capital yesterday. Independent Photo

The general secretary of the ruling Awami League (AL), Obaidul Quader, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest early yesterday, is still not out of danger though his conditions have improved, said doctors at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), where he was admitted with coronary artery blockage. Briefing media-persons on the premises of BSMMU yesterday evening, Prof. Ali Ahsan, chairman of the cardiology department of the hospital, said the condition of the veteran AL leader was unstable. Later, at another briefing last night, BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua said the condition of Obaidul Quader has improved. The decision to take him to Singapore will be taken this (Monday) morning, if necessary, he added. "A three-member team of physicians came here from Singapore by an air ambulance. Our medical board sat with them and discussed the situation. We all have decided that he (Quader) won't be taken to Singapore today (Sunday)," Kanak Kanti said while briefing reporters at the BSMMU around 9:30pm.

He said the condition of Quader was now better than at noon. "He has opened his eyes and is trying to talk to others. He won't be sent to Singapore in this condition. We'll observe his condition till tomorrow (Monday) morning and he will be sent to Singapore then, if necessary," the BSMMU VC said.

The three-member medical team was flown in from Singapore after Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, was admitted to the BSMMU in the morning with cardiac problems.

The medical board of the BSMMU, which was formed for his treatment, found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.

“His health condition is now better than before. Now his condition is haemodynamically stable, but the situation is still critical. He is not out of danger yet. He will be under observation for 72 hours,” the physician said. “We have removed one blockage out of the three,” he added.

Replying to a question on Quader’s health condition, Head of Cardiology Prof. Ali Ahsan said, “We are thinking of going for a bypass surgery as the next step of his treatment if his physical condition allows us to do so.”

Replying to another question, he said, “His health condition doesn’t permit us to shift him abroad. But if his relatives or the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) think that he should be taken abroad for better treatment, they can do so.”

Earlier, in the morning, the 67-year-old veteran AL leader was taken to the BSMMU after he experienced breathing problems following Fazr prayers, Abu Naser, senior public relations officer of the Roads and Highways Division, told this correspondent yesterday.

Soon after his admission to the hospital, the AL general secretary was shifted to the CCU, he added.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury visited the ailing AL general secretary. Quader’s wife Ishratunesa Quader also visited him at the hospital.

The AL President and PM Sheikh Hasina reached the BSMMU around 3:30pm and passed more than 40 minute besides her party’s ailing general secretary. After the PM’s visit, the president visited Quader and spent some time with him.

The premier urged the country's people to pray for recovery of Quader. She also asked her party to arrange doa mahfils and special prayers at worship places for his recovery.  

According to hospital sources, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while visiting Quader, ordered the doctors on duty to do whatever was needed to save him. She also urged her party leaders and workers not to gather at the hospital in a bid to help the doctors carry out their duties smoothly in this respect.

Since morning, the rank and file of the ruling AL thronged at the BSMMU soon after the news of his heart attack spread through mass media and other social media.

AL presidium members Mohammad Nasim, Matiya Chowdhury, senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Abdur Rahman, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dipu Moni, Abdus Sobhan Golap, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hossain Apu and  home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and others visited the ailing general secretary.   

A milad and doa mahfil for the early recovery of the AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, was held at the party’s Dhanmondi political office yesterday.

Meanwhile, the BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir went to the hospital and inquired about the AL general secretary’s health. Senior BNP leaders Barrister Moudud Ahmed and Abdul Moin Khan accompanied the party leader during the visit.



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