Dhaka – The government will take necessary measures as per suggestions by a medical board formed to examine jailed former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia, a senior minister said on Tuesday.
“We will go by the suggestion of the medical board,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters after a meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
A four-member panel of on Monday physicians visited Khaleda Zia, also the chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, after the party alleged that Khaleda had been sick in the jail.
The doctors reported that the BNP chief was sick, but was ‘not serious’. The media board suggested for an x-ray and blood test of the former prime minister. The panel of physicians are scheduled to send the medical report to the prison authorities by Tuesday.
Khaleda Zia has been in Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin road since she was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by a court in a graft case on February 8.
After visiting Khaleda inside the jail, Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan of orthopaedics department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital told reporters that the BNP chief has complained about pain on her neck, left hand and legs. One of her legs feels dizzy.
Khan informed that he added few medicines along with the previous ones which she has been taking. The former prime minister was suggested to take few physical exercises, said the physician.
Khaleda Zia challenged her conviction and prison term in the higher court and applied for bail. A High court bench has allowed her to be on bail, but the process suspended after the prosecution lawyers filed appeals against the High Court order.
A special court also sentenced five others, including Tarique Rahman, Khaleda’s son exiled in London, for 10 years along with her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.