Sheikh Hasina is on the way to Hospital,Photo: Banglar Chokh
A medical team after examining detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Square Hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday recommended sending her to the United States where she earlier received treatment for her ear.
The team of five physicians made the recommendation after examining Hasina, also the Awmi League president, who as admitted to the hospital in the morning.
The prison authorities said they would inform the government of the recommendation the physicians made.
‘As per the jail code, no prisoner can be sent abroad for treatment. We will consider the recommendation of the physicians,’ deputy inspector general (prisons) Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told reporters at the hospital.
The jail authorities took Hasina, who is suffering from multiple health complications including acute problem in the ears, to the hospital at about 8:40am amid heightened security.
‘We took her [Hasina] to the hospital this morning as she late Monday night agreed to receive treatment in hospital,’ Siddiqui told reporters in front of the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
He said the Awami League president was taken to the place in keeping with her will although the jail authorities proposed the names of either LabAid or Apollo Hospitals.
She is undergoing treatment in the hospital under specialist physicians of her choice and further decisions on her treatment will be taken at the advice of the physicians, Siddiqui said.
Siddiqui, however, said no medical board had been formed and the physicians who examined Hasina’s health earlier were administering follow-up treatment.
He also said Hasina was admitted to the hospital under the supervision MH Millat. Five specialist physicians earlier arrived at the hospital after Hasina had been admitted there.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University vice-chancellor, MA Tahir, ear, nose and throat specialist Pran Gopal Dutta, eye specialist Syed Modasser Ali, heart specialist MH Millat, medicine specialist ABM Abdullah and dermatologist Kabir Chowdhury examined Hasina’s health.
Tahir told reporters they had recommended that Hasina should be sent abroad for her ear treatment, which is not possible in Bangladesh. ‘We all who have examined Hasina did not have any difference of opinion on sending her abroad for hearing treatment.’
‘Her hearing could be permanently impaired if she is not given treatment immediately. She needs to be treated in the United States where she earlier received ear treatment,’ Pran Gopal said.
Hasina’s nephew Fazle Nur Taposh, also her lawyer, visited her at the hospital at about 11:30am.
Hasina has been suffering from various ailments, including partial hearing loss and high blood pressure.
Hasina was earlier taken to the same hospital on February 21 for a medical check-up.