Doctors of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have said they believed the BNP chairperson suffered a mild stroke.
The four physicians visited Ms Zia for more than one-and-a-half hour at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon. After the visit, Dhaka Medical College medicine department’s Prof FM Siddiqui told the media, 'She fell suddenly on June 5. She can't remember the moments. It appears to us that she suffered a mild stroke.'
The four doctors recommended admitting her to a specialised hospital for medical tests to be sure about their assumption. They handed the jail authorities a four-page paper with the recommendations.
'She feels some uneasiness in speaking, but can communicate,' Dr Siddiqui said. The three other doctors were Prof Syed Wahidur Rahman of neuro-medicine, eye specialist Abdul Quddus and cardiologist Mohammad Mamun.
They entered the jail to see Ms Zia on permission of the jail authorities, at around 1600 hrs.
BNP leaders have also demanded Ms Zia be shifted to a hospital for treatment, alleging that the authorities were not arranging good treatment for their 'ailing' leader.
According to Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, it is the first time the authorities let her personal physicians visit her after five attempts. He told the media on Friday night that her relatives described her 'heart-breaking' conditions after visiting her in jail. 'They said the leader fell after vertigo on June 5. She is suffering from fever for three weeks. Her temperature isn’t getting down,' Rizvi said.
The party has announced protest programmes at districts, metropolitans and Upazilas on Sunday, demanding her treatment. Earlier on Friday, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed threatened tougher protests to oust the Awami League government. Ms Zia, who has been in jail since February 8 for corruption in Zia Orphanage Trust, fell ill in March.
A medical board formed by the government for her treatment said after visiting her that her illness was 'nothing serious'. She also underwent medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in April. (UNI)