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Dr Zahid: Khaleda registered for vaccine online

  • Published at 08:57 pm July 12th, 2021
Khaleda Zia
FILE PHOTO: BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was taken to her Gulshan residence after doctors at the Evercare Hospital in Dhaka decided to discharge her on Saturday, June 19, 2021 Focus Bangla

BNP leader asks government to consider vaccinating the former prime minister at home

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has registered online for vaccination through the Surokkha app.

“Madam [Khaleda Zia] registered for the vaccine on July 8 through the national Covid-19 vaccination registration app Surokkha,” said member of her medical team and BNP Vice-Chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain.

He, however, said Khaleda has not yet been informed about the date for receiving the first dose of the vaccine through SMS. “We will take steps in this regard after the SMS is sent.”

Dr Zahid said the BNP chairperson specified the National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in Mohakhali as her vaccination centre during registration.

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"Khaleda Zia is a senior citizen of the country. She is a popular political leader and a three-time prime minister. So, we will face a problem in taking her to a hospital as huge crowds may gather wherever she goes. In that case, I think the authorities concerned should consider whether she can be vaccinated at her home,” he said.

Replying to a question, the physician said there has been no improvement in her heart, liver, and kidney complications.

Dr Zahid said the medical board formed earlier at Evercare Hospital has been providing her treatment at home.

They also assess her health condition regularly, he added.

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Earlier on April 11, the 76-year-old BNP chief tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27.

On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for her treatment at Evercare Hospital.

She tested negative for Covid-19 on May 8, some 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus.

On June 19, Khaleda Zia returned home from the hospital after 53 days of treatment for Covid-19 and other physical complications.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily freed Khaleda Zia from jail through an executive order suspending her sentences in multiple graft cases on March 25 last year.