>doctors to decide on Hasina’s treatment abroad

>A medical board is scheduled to let the government know tomorrow whether detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina needs treatment abroad, after examining her health.
On receiving a report from the medical board, the government will decide whether to take steps according to the recommendations or to form yet another high-powered medical board to examine her health further.
Meanwhile, Hasina’s husband Dr Wajed Mia today sent a letter to Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed demanding immediate release of his wife for better treatment abroad.
Mentioning different health complexities of Hasina, Dr Wazed in his letter said she should be released immediately, if necessary even on bail, so she may go to the US for treatment of her ears, special personal assistant to the former premier Dr Hasan Mahmud told The Daily Star last night.
Dr Hasan who is also the forest and environment affairs secretary of Awami League (AL), and one of Hasina’s counsels Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh handed over the letter to the Chief Adviser’s Office at 8:25 tonight.
But the government’s response to the letter could not be known immediately.
In another development, prison authorities today denied news reports that Hasina’s close relations were denied meetings with her at the makeshift jail in the parliament building complex.
Home Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin instructed the prison authorities today morning to send medical specialists to Hasina according to her wish, and asked the doctors to submit reports.
“I’ve instructed the inspector general of prisons to send a lady doctor to examine the health of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina today. The doctor will ask her about her problems. If she wants specialists, that will be arranged too,” Matin told reporters after a meeting at the shipping ministry.
Asked about sending Hasina abroad for treatment, he said, “Let there be a medical report first. If necessary, another high powered medical board will be formed and steps will be taken in line with the recommendations.”
“If the board recommends sending her abroad, we’ll do so,” he said.
On receiving instruction from the law adviser, the prison authorities contacted Hasina today noon to know if she has any particular choice of physicians and to make appointments for medical check ups.
“She said she is not ready for the examination today, she would rather have it done tomorrow,” Inspector General of Prisons (IG-prisons) Brig Gen Zakir Hassan told The Daily Star today.
The prison authorities are scheduled to arrange the check up after talking to Hasina this morning.
According to the former premier’s wishes, who is also the president of AL, the prison authorities contacted five medical specialists Dr Abdullah of medicine, Dr Pran Gopal of ENT, Dr Mudassir of ophthalmology, Dr Shaila Khatun of gynaecology, and Dr Habibe Millat of cardiology.
“The next course of action regarding her treatment depends on what the doctors say tomorrow,” the prison boss said.
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