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Khaleda in isolation until coronavirus situation improves

Published on: 5:54 pm - Thursday | April 9, 2020

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will remain in self-isolation until the coronavirus situation improves in Bangladesh, despite completing her 14-day quarantine at her Gulshan residence.

“The entire country has been under lockdown. In this situation, she [Khaleda] needs to stay in quarantine for complete safety. She’ll remain safe there,” the party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters on Thursday.

“We’ll take the next steps regarding her treatment and other issues when the situation becomes normal,” he said.

Concerning Khaleda’s health condition, Fakhrul said she is quite sick and that her condition has not improved much yet, reports UNB.

“One of our main demands was to send her abroad for treatment. Unfortunately they (govt) have said she can’t leave the country,” said Fakhrul.

Fakhrul said specialist doctors are now unable to provide her necessary healthcare services due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

“But her personal doctors are providing treatment to her as much as they can. We hope she’ll stay well with this treatment,” he added.

Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a member of the BNP chairperson’s personal physician team, said: “Madam’s (Khaleda’s) 14-day quarantine was completed today (Thursday).  Her family members can now meet her while maintaining social distancing, although she’ll remain in self-isolation.”

He said the BNP chief has been suffering from severe pain in the joints of her hands and legs due to arthritis.

“She has been given therapy to relieve her pains. Her diabetic condition still hasn’t come under control. She has other physical problems for which she needs long treatments.”

On March 25, Khaleda was released from jail for six months upon an executive order, considering her age and humanitarian grounds.

The government passed the executive order for her release on two conditions: she will receive treatments while staying at her Gulshan residence, and she will not leave the country.

Khaleda was sent to the old Dhaka central jail after she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.

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