Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said on Thursday BNP chief Khaleda Zia is regularly having health checkups and specialised doctors are treating her at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital, reports BSS.
"The government is sincerely providing the best health services to Khaleda Zia. She has been kept at the BSMMU hospital instead of prison," he said.
The minister came up with the remarks while replying to a query from journalists after inaugurating a rally of Bangladesh Betar at Agargaon in the city.
Bangladesh Betar organised the rally in front of Betar Bhaban marking the World Radio Day 2020.
Hasan said, "Begum Zia's family wants her to be free on parole. But no such demand was heard from BNP. Even BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, when asked about it, said he didn't know anything about this matter."
He said Khaleda Zia has been kept at BSMMU hospital, instead of prison, along with her personal domestic helper, which is a rare instance not only in Bangladesh, but also in the sub-continent.
Terming the health problems of Khaldea as old ones, the minister said she (Khaleda) performed as the prime minister for two times and as the opposition leader for two times along with her health problems.
She also led many movements despite the problems, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
The minister went on saying that Khaleda continued in politics despite her long-term physical problems. "But, BNP is always exaggerating to confuse the people about her health issue . . . the government is sincere about ensuring best health service to Khaleda," he added.
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