Desk | 26 March 2020 | 8:47 pm
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia will remain in quarantine at her Gulshan residence for 14 days from today (Thursday) and her daughter-in-law and Tarique Rahman’s wife Dr Zubaida Rahman will oversee her treatment from London.
BNP leaders said Khaleda now feels mentally strong after coming close to her family members and party leaders.
Khaleda returned home on Wednesday after more than two years as she was released from jail upon an execute order.
Considering the coronavirus situation, the BNP chief is now in quarantine at her Gulshan house Firoza, and she will be given treatment there, said her sister Selima Islam.
She said the BNP chief is suffering from respiratory problem and she is unable to speak up, walk and stand up. “She can’t sit for a long time and fell pain in her body. She’s also unable to eat due to vomiting problem. She’s not in a position to move. She also wants to stay at home.”
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said Dr Zubaida Rahman is overseeing the overall treatment of the BNP chairperson while a medical board was formed composing her personal physicians.
The six-member medical board examined her health condition on Wednesday for nearly two hours and suggested her to remain in the quarantine for 14-days.
BNP vice-chairman Dr. A Z M Zahid said Khaleda’s has become mentally strong seeing her family members and party leaders.
He said she has personal physicians, a nurse, to ensure all the parameters for quarantine. “They will look after her at her house. “The treatment that was given by the BSMMU has been modified to some extent.”
Earlier on Wednesday BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Khaleda Zia will remain in quarantine for a few days at her Gulshan residence as per her physicians’ advice.
“We just met madam (Khaleda). She’s very sick. Physicians visited her and discussed ways of ensuring her treatment. They advised us to keep her in quarantine for some days so that no-one can meet her now,” he said.
The BNP leader, however, said they did not discuss any political matters with her.
He said Khaleda urged the country’s people and BNP leaders and activists to remain alert and maintain protective measures to get rid of coronavirus disaster.
Asked for how many days Khaleda may remain there in quarantine, he said doctors will decide it.
Earlier, the BNP chief reached her Gulshan residence around 5:15pm after walking out of the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
The government passed the executive order for her release upon two conditions — receiving treatment staying at her Gulshan residence and not leaving the country.
Meanwhile, ‘Firoza’, the luxury home of Khaleda at Road No 79 in Dhaka’s Gulshan area which turned into an abandoned house since she went to jail, was prepared for her comfortable stay there.
On Tuesday, said Law Minister Annisul Huq said the government decided to free Khaleda’s sentences suspending her sentences in two grafts cases as per section 401 (1) of Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC).
Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after she had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a special court in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018.
The High Court later raised her punishment to 10 years in the case following an appeal by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The lower court also sentenced imprisoned Khaleda to seven years in Zia Charitable Trust corruption the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated. She was admitted to BSMMU on April 1 2019 following an order of the apex court.