Staff Correspondent
Jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday for better treatment.
Khaleda Zia was given a VIP cabin at BSMMU where she will stay during her treatment, Brig Gen Abdullah Al Harun, director of BSMMU, told reporters.
The BNP chief was taken to BSMMU from Dhaka Old Central Jail in the afternoon.
BSMMU director Brigadier General Md Abdullah-Al-Harun said a 5-member medical board, headed by Prof Md Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, was formed as per the court order.
The doctors of the medical board examined Khaleda’s health and completed necessary formalities for providing treatment to her after she was taken to the hospital, he said.
The medical board will hold a meeting at 1pm today to take a decision about her treatment, he added.
Earlier Khaleda was taken to the Cabin Block of the hospital in a blue Pajero jeep around 3:40 pm, said Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed.
She will be kept in a cabin on the 6th floor of the Cabin Block of the hospital. Earlier, the authorities concerned booked room No 612 and 613 for Khaleda Zia.
Four police vehicles escorted her to the hospital while BNP leaders and activists paid respect to their leader standing on both sides of the road.
Earlier, her orthopedic bed was shifted from the central jail to the cabin block around 2:55 pm.
BSMMU director Brigadier General Harun-Ur-Rashid and other physicians were present when the jeep carrying Khaleda reached the hospital gate.
Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir of Keraniganj Central Jail met Khaleda in the morning.
The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.
Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8.
On September 16, a medical board formed by the government for jailed Khaleda, suggested admitting her to a hospital like BSMMU though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.
On April 7 last, Khaleda Zia underwent some medical tests at the BSMMU because of her illness.
BNP has been demanding that Khaleda be shifted to United Hospital in the city for her better treatment.