The condition of ailing BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was termed stable, by a panel doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University where he was transferred to a prison cell as his on Tuesday as his health deteriorated.
Fakhrul was shifted to the BSMMU in Dhaka earlier in the day from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur as he fell sick.
BSMMU hospital director Brigadier General (retd) Abdul Mazid Bhuiyan said they formed a six -member medical board headed by Prof Rafiqul Islam.
The medical team examined Fakhrul’s health for nearly one hour and 15 minutes from 10:45am and sent a report to the hospital director.
The other members of the board are Prof Sajal Krishna Banerjee, Prof Hasan Masud, Prof Moniruzzaman Khan, Prof Atiqur Rahman and Prof Habibur Rahman.
Briefing reporters Abdul Mazid said, “The medical team, formed to check Mirza Fakhrul’s health condition, didn’t find any serious problem. It recommended some medical tests. The tests will be conducted.”
As per the medical board’s report, the hospital director said, “His (Fakhrul’s) health condition is stable.”
Replying to a query, he said Fakhrul’s current health condition does not suggest his hospitalisation. “He is not suffering from any problem requiring to be admitted to hospital.”
The BNP acting secretary general was sent back to Kashimpur Central Jail again around 4pm after conducting some tests as per doctors’ advice.
Earlier in the morning, Prashanta Kumar Banik, Jail Super of Kashimpur Jail-2, said they sent the BNP leader to the BSMMU following doctors’ advice.
Fahrul’s wife Rahat Ara Begum said her husband has long been suffering from various serious diseases, including (carotid arteries) blockage in the nerve of his neck, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart complications.
“We want to send him either to the USA or Australia for treatment if he is released on bail,” she added.
Fakhrul complained of a problem in his neck in 2013 when he was in jail and first received treatment at BSMMU hospital and later at the United Hospital.
On August 2014, he went to Singapore for receiving treatment for the same problem. He again went to Singapore on September 9, 2014 to receive treatment of the disease.
Juba Dal vice president Farhad Hossain Azad said Fakhrul lost 15 kilo weight in the last few days. “We’re worried about his health condition.”
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, BNP international affairs secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon expressed deep concern that several jailed BNP leaders are becoming critically sick due to repeated remands and lack of proper treatment.
“Our senior leaders, who are now in jail, are becoming severely sick as they are being taken on frequent remands,” he said.
“Some BNP leaders are meeting tragic end and some others are becoming sick though they have been arrested in sound health,” he alleged.
Several senior leaders of the party including Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Shamser Mobin Chowdhury, Shamsuzzaman Dudu and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi are facing severe health complications due to lack of proper treatment in jail, he alleged.
“We call for government’s humanitarian behaviour towards the detained BNP leaders and their treatment at specialised hospitals,” Ripon said. – Staff Reporter