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Khaleda admitted to state-run hospital

Zia, 73, is currently on trial for corruption charges in a makeshift courtroom inside a 19th-century British-built prison where she is the only inmate and in failing health

PTI Dhaka Published 06.10.18, 06:53 PM
Khaleda Zia being taken to a state-run hospital in Dhaka on Saturday.

Khaleda Zia being taken to a state-run hospital in Dhaka on Saturday. (AFP)

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia was on Saturday admitted to a specialised state-run hospital here for proper treatment following a court order as her health deteriorated.

Zia, 73, is currently on trial for corruption charges in a makeshift courtroom inside a 19th-century British-built prison where she is the only inmate and in failing health.

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The former Prime Minister had recently complained to the court that she was losing feeling in her hand and in a leg.

“We have admitted her and took all steps to provide her the required treatment,” a Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) spokesman said. Zia is being kept in a VIP cabin in the hospital while an adjacent room has been allocated for her, he said.

The Bangladesh High Court on Thursday had ordered the government to shift Zia to BSMMU and reconstitute a medical team for her treatment.

The court ruled that Zia could choose a physiotherapist, a gynaecologist and a technician and a physician from outside BSMMU for her treatment subject to the approval from the medical team.

It also directed the authorities to start Zia’s medical treatment soon after her admission to hospital. She filed a writ petition on September 9 seeking treatment for her ailments.

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