Ensure Khaleda Zia's proper medical treatment
The home minister yesterday stated that the government needs 2-4 days to decide on the opposition BNP leader Khaleda Zia's medical treatment. The process of making the decision began after a high-level BNP delegation visited him on Sunday with the demand for better treatment for their party chairperson. However, home minister also added, the decision would be made based on the recommendations of the specialist doctors currently taking care of the BNP chairperson.
We believe the specialist doctors would act to the best of their judgement. Political prisoners or Khaleda Zia for that matter is not an ordinary case in this regard. So far we have noted that the government was kind and prudent enough to have allowed a personal maid to assist the former prime minister. Given the fact reported by other BNP high-ups about her deteriorating health conditions, we believe, it has become more than important to focus on the issue.
Any professional negligence from the doctors' end may pose a serious threat to the BNP leader's physical wellbeing. On one hand the upcoming polls are barely three months away while on the other any unwarranted sickness or even uncalled-for death of the BNP leader will unquestionably trigger a countrywide political instability -- something we least expect to happen.
The BNP team requested that Khaleda Zia be treated at United Hospital or Apollo Hospital, as per her preference. Both hospitals are locally and internationally renowned for their medical services. That said -- now it's up to the specialist doctors to decide what suits their patient best. From our end we don't want her medical treatment issue to any how foment a political chaos in the country. Apart from the doctors' advice the government should also keep this crucial point in mind.
Since the BNP chief landed in jail, enough opinions and counter opinions have been voiced, recently the disagreements between the two political parties over her medical issue appears to have become a focal point which should not be. Our jail code has a specific set of provisions for political prisoners and in that case if a special consideration has to be made, we believe the government will make it in due course.
The jail code has provisions that allow taking BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad for treatment, but that can happen with the consent of BNP chief, her relatives and her physicians. Wherever she is taken, we expect the government to leave no stone unturned for ensuring her proper treatment. Her physical wellbeing is important for leading her party in the impending polls.