Minister to be taken to Singapore
Obaidul Quader hospitalised, 3 blocks found in artery
Published : Sunday, 3 March, 2019 at 10:09 AM Count : 398
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital on Sunday morning.
He was taken to the hospital around 7am as he fell sick and admitted to the Cardiology Department of the hospital.
Awami League deputy office secretary Biplob Barua said "Obaidul Quader is undergoing treatment at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital. He underwent an angiogram."
BSMMU director Brig Gen Md Abdullah-Al-Harun said "The minister had a cardiac arrest. His condition is now stable. He is under our close observation."
Doctors of the BSMMU have found three blocks in his coronary artery.
bdnews24.com adds: The AL is making preparations to take General Secretary Obaidul Quader to Singapore for medical care.
“We have contacted them for advanced treatment,” said AL Publicity and Publication Secretary and Information Minister Hasan Mahmud. “We hope to take him to Singapore as soon as possible.”
BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Kanak Kanti Barua and Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif held a briefing to inform the media about the Awami League leader’s condition.
“The block in the main artery has been removed,” Prof Barua said. “He will be under observation for 24 hours. Then we can decide whether he will require bypass surgery.”
“The prime minister is in constant contact with the doctors and the family and is monitoring the situation,” said Hanif. “She has instructed people not to crowd the hospital unnecessarily.”
Quader, 67, was elected the Awami League’s general secretary in 2016.
He had spent two and a half years in prison after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. He was elected the president of the Chhatra League while still incarcerated. He served two consecutive terms in the position.
During the Liberation War, Quader had been the captain of the Companyganj Thana Mujib Bahini.
He was first elected to parliament in 1996 and secured a victory from Noakhali-5 four times. In 1996, when the Awami League returned to power, Quader was selected as the state minister for youth, sports and cultural affairs. In 2002, after the Awami League lost the next election, he became the joint general secretary of the party.
Like many other politicians, Quader was imprisoned during the state of emergency declared by the military-backed caretaker government in 2007. He spent 18 months in jail and was released on bail two months before the ninth parliamentary election.
The Awami League returned to power after securing a victory in the polls. At first Quader was made the chief of the parliamentary standing committee on the information ministry.
Midway through the term, he was chosen by the prime minister as the minister of communications.
He has since led the ministry, which was later renamed the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges.