Doctors thinking of bypass surgery on Quader

Doctors thinking of bypass surgery on Quader

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Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore are considering conducting a bypass surgery on ailing minister Obaidul Quader, said a Bangladeshi physician on Tuesday.

He, however, said it will take some time as Quader has slight problems in his kidneys and developed infections.

A medical board constituted with Dr Koh Siam Soon Philip, a senior consultant of cardiology department of the hospital, as its head examined him on Tuesday morning (BST) and briefed about the treatment.

Prof Dr Abu Nasar Rizvi of the Neuromedicine department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) who accompanied the road transport and bridges minister and Awami League general secretary gave an update of the treatment for the media based on the briefing of the medical board.

He said the minister was taken to the hospital around 11pm local time on Monday and a medical board was constituted on an emergency basis.

Apart from Dr Philip, there are cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, infectious disease specialist Dr Asok Kurup, urologist Dr Ho Siew Hong and intensive care medicine specialist Sim Kah Ming in the medical board, Dr Rizvi said.

He said the medical board extensively examined and observed Quader and sat with them on Tuesday morning and gave their feedback.

They said the minister has problems in his kidneys and some infections. “They’re thinking of conducting a bypass surgery after controlling the kidney problems and infections in a few days.”

Dr Rizvi said the minister’s condition is now stable and on the mend.

He also said the medical board appreciated the initial management of the situation in Bangladesh.

The medical board will brief on the treatment at 12:30pm Wednesday noon, local time.

Quader’s wife Isratunnesa Quader, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mostafizur Rahman, Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, MP, Nizam Hazari, MP, Dhaka South city Awami League general secretary M Shahe Alam Murad and Gazipur City Corporation Mayor M Jahangir Alam were present at the briefing.

Meanwhile, Additional Secretary Belayet Hossain of the Road Transport and Highways Division here said the condition of ailing minister Obaidul Quader has improved and the medical team of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore examined him around 10am (BST), said an official here.

After the checkup, doctors informed that his condition is now good, he said.

It will decide about the tests to be conducted on him, Belayet said, adding that a CT scan will be done today.

Qauder is now under the supervision of Dr Philip Koh, a senior consultant of cardiology department of the hospital, he said.

The minister was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment following the advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty.

He was admitted to the CCU of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the capital on Sunday morning following his breathing complications.

Later, doctors found three blockages in his coronary arteries following an angiogram.

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