POST TIME: 12 April, 2021 11:12:13 PM
Khaleda is strong, stable: Dr Siddiqui
UNB, Dhaka

Khaleda is strong, stable: Dr Siddiqui

The health condition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who tested positive for coronavirus, was very stable with a strong immune system on Monday, said Prof Dr FM Siddiqui, the head of her personal medical team.

“We can say her (Khaleda Zia's) condition is very stable and she’s doing very well. We found her in a high spirit,” the physicians told reporters at  Khaleda's  Gulshan office after visiting her at her residence.

Dr FM Siddiqui hoped that Khaleda will be free from danger if her condition remains stable for one more week.

He said many local and foreign doctors are there in the medical team formed to ensure proper treatment to the BNP chief. “We the doctors, including those from the USA and the UK, are working as a team and ensuring her treatment in consultation. There’s no gap and doubt in her treatment.”

Replying to a question, FM Siddiqui also said Khaleda's  immune system is still strong.

Asked if there is any possibility of taking Khaleda Zia to any hospital, he said, "You know there’s uncertainty regarding the Covid patient’s condition. No one in the world can say how corona will behave in the first week of infection and what will happen in the second week.”

"That's why we’ve taken all the necessary preparations. If we ever think she needs to be taken to a hospital, we’ll do it immediately as we’ve made such preparations,” FM Siddiqui added.

Some members of the BNP’s medical team, led by FM Siddiqui, entered Khaleda’s Gulshan residence around 5pm and stayed there for an hour.

The head of the medical board said they examined Khaleda’s health and found her oxygen level normal.

He said all who stay at Khaleda’s residence are infected with the virus and they are being given necessary treatment. “The good side is that most of them are asymptomatic. One or two of them initially suffered from fever, and now they all are fine. “Everybody has been kept in isolation and given treatment.”

FM Siddiqui said Khaleda urged all to pray for her and stay safe by maintaining health safety rules.

Khaleda underwent the Covid test on Saturday as eight other people at her residence were infected with the deadly virus and her report came out to be positive.

BNP leaders and activists arranged prayer sessions at different mosques across the country seeking her speedy recovery.

A milad mahfil and Qurankhawani was held at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office praying for Khaleda’s recovery from the virus.

Besides, prayer sessions were arranged at different temples, including Dhakeswari one, seeking her quick recovery.

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.

She was released from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) the same day, and she has been staying at her Gulshan house since then.

On August 27 last year, the government extended her release for six more months and it was extended again for six months on March 15 last.

On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after a lower court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The High Court later doubled her jail term.

Khaleda was found guilty in another corruption case the same year. Her party claims both the cases are politically motivated.