Bhuiyan's Condition 'Unchanged'
Sunday, 11 July 2010

The condition of former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, suffering from lung cancer, remains unchanged.

Square Hospital's Intensive Care Unit physician Dr Mirza Nazimuddin, speaking at a briefing on Saturday, said the 67-year-old politician had showed signs of improvement the previous day.

"It is neither good nor bad (now). He is under observation."

His personal doctor Bazlul Gani Bhuiyan said the former minister had improved slightly.

"His physical condition remains all the same as it was 12 hours earlier. He is being given artificial respiration," said Bazlul.

Dr Bazlul added that the former BNP leader's body temperature remained normal.

Bhuiyan's kidney, heart and nerves were operating and his blood pressure was also normal, the doctor said.

Earlier, former BNP standing committee member retired major general Majid-ul-Haque, current standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah, central leader Ruhul Quddus Talukder, and Democratic Party presidium member Syed Didar Bakht had visited Bhuiyan.

Majid told reporters that they wished their long time colleague would recover soon.

He recalled Mannan Bhuiyan, BNP secretary general Khander Delwar Hossain, Abdul Matin Chowdhury and Afsar Uddin were the members of the liaison committee from 1984 to 1990 under his leadership.

"All of them were my disciples," Majid said.

He said one of the doctors called Bhuiyan's name in his ear and he seemed to respond. "This is a sign of hope. We pray for his quick recovery," the BNP leader added.

A medical board, led by cancer specialist Dr Kamruzzaman, has kept Bhuiyan under keen observation.

Bhuiyan was admitted to Square Hospital with breathlessness due to lung cancer on July 7. The politician is on life-support system due to his inability to breathe normally.

The former local government minister was flown back to the country on an air ambulance from Singapore, where he went on May 31 for treatment.

The ailing BNP leader had undergone treatment at the Critical Care Unit (CCU) in Singapore National University Hospital.

His family members said Bhuiyan was given chemotherapy eight times to treat the lung cancer.

Seven of the eight chemotherapy sessions were administered at Singapore, including the last one, after which the politician has been unable to breathe normally.

He had been on artificial respiration for a week.

Bhuiyan was BNP's secretary general for 11 years and served as the LGRD and cooperatives minister of the BNP-led government.

He was expelled from BNP on Sep 3, 2007, just before party chief Khaleda Zia was arrested during the emergency period.


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