Khaleda Zia admitted to BSMMU (Video)
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday afternoon after prison authorities shifted her there from old Dhaka Central jail for better treatment in response to a court order.
BSMMU Director Brigadier General Md Abdullah-Al-Harun said a 5-member medical board, headed by Prof Md Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, was formed as per the court order, reports UNB.
The doctors of the medical board examined Khaleda's health and completed necessary formalities for providing treatment to her after she was taken to the hospital, he said.
The medical board will hold a meeting at 1pm on Sunday to take a decision about her treatment, he added.
Earlier Khaleda was taken to the Cabin Block of the hospital in a blue SUV around 3:40pm, said Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed.
She will be kept in a cabin on the sixth floor of the Cabin Block of the hospital. Earlier, the authorities concerned booked room No 612 and 613 for Khaleda Zia.Four police vehicles escorted her to the hospital while BNP leaders and activists paid respect to their leader standing on both sides of the road.
The BNP chief was sentenced to five years in jail on February 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. She landed in prison the same day.
The HC on Thursday directed the government to admit Khaleda immediately to the BSMMU for treatment.
In response to a writ petition, the court asked the authorities to form a fresh five-member medical board to examine Khaleda’s health and start her treatment.
The board would be headed by Prof Abdul Jalil Chowdhury of internal medicine and Associate Prof Badrunnesa Ahmed, a psychiatrist of BSMMU.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil gave the order following a writ petition filed by Khaleda seeking court directives on the government about sending her to a specialised hospital.
BNP has been demanding that Khaleda be shifted to United Hospital in the city for her better treatment.