BNP chief Khaleda ‘stable, breathing normally’, doctor says

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2021-05-04 00:34:09 BdST

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, was “stable” on Monday night after her transfer to the Coronary Care Unit of Evercare Hospital, one of her doctors said.

She was transferred to the CCU from a cabin at the hospital in the afternoon after she complained of breathing difficulties in the morning.

Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a member of Khaleda’s medical team, said to the reporters outside the hospital that the former prime minister was “breathing normally”.

“The doctors here are collectively conducting tests on her upon consultation with experts at home and abroad. Details will be known later,” he said.

Khaleda is now receiving treatment under the supervision of cardiologist Shahabuddin Talukder at the hospital. She was admitted to the hospital on Apr 27.

On Apr 11, she tested positive for the coronavirus and her treatment, supervised by her personal physician Dr FM Siddiqui, began at her home in Gulshan. She took another coronavirus test after 14 days and tested positive again.

The 76-year-old former prime minister has been convicted in two graft cases and was taken to jail three years ago.

In April 2020, in the light of the COVID pandemic, the government granted a request from her family for a conditional temporary release from jail for “humanitarian reasons”.

She has since stayed at her Gulshan home under the care of her personal doctors and has had limited interaction with others.