HOME Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin today termed “partisan” the doctors who recommended that detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina be sent abroad for treatment of her ear.
Insisting that Hasina would be treated at Square Hospital, the adviser said, “If the doctors there say they are unable to treat her at the hospital and that she needs to be sent abroad, a medical board will be formed to examine her.”
Detained Hasina, also the president of Awami League, is undergoing treatment at the city’s Square Hospital and a panel of seven doctors including two of Hasina’s personal doctors unanimously recommended immediately after her admission there on Tuesday that there is no alternative to sending her abroad for treatment to avoid permanently impaired hearing.
“We cannot take steps on the basis of recommendations by partisan doctors. The government has certain rules and regulations to follow,” Matin said today when journalists pointed out the physicians’ recommendations and not allowing Hasina’s two personal doctors at Square Hospital Wednesday.
The two doctors — ophthalmologist Dr Modasser Ali and medicine specialist Dr ABM Abdullah — have been examining her health for the last couple of months and were allowed frequently to enter the special jail.
Talking with journalists after emerging out of a meeting on law and order at the home ministry today, the home adviser said the government is very sympathetic to Sheikh Hasina and another former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and necessary steps will be taken at appropriate time.
He said the doctors at Squre Hospital gave Hasina medicines and 20-22 tests. If the doctors expresses regret about her proper treatment there, a medical board will be constituted.
To refer Hasina for treatment abroad, the doctors will inform the government in writing, he said replying to another related query.
On February 21, Hasina was taken to Square Hospital and after a couple of hours’ stay for check-ups there, she was taken back to the makeshift jail.
After multiple health complications came to notice recently, Hasina’s doctors recommended sending her abroad without delay but the government decided to admit her at a local hospital.
Though the prisons authorities preferred Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital or Apollo Hospital, Hasina preferred Square Hospital.