'Tarique to undergo brain scan in a couple of days'
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Desk Report

Ailing BNP leader Tarique Rahman is all set to undergo a brain scan in "a couple of days", as advised by doctors, a senior prisons official said Tuesday.

Deputy inspector general of prisons Major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told reporters Tuesday afternoon that all preparations had been made for Tarique to undergo a CT scan.
"However, Tarique himself refused to go," he said.
Tarique, who is under 48-hour observation, hurt his head Monday after slipping in the bathroom of the prison ward at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on Monday.
"There is no need to worry," Siddiqui told reporters. "Doctors have assured that the scan may be done anytime in the next couple of days, as his condition is stable."
Other prisons officials, preferring not to be named, earlier said he would undergo CT scan Tuesday and he might be taken to Ibn Sina Hospital.
However, police were deployed around Square Hospital Tuesday.
Dr Kazi Majharul Islam Dolon, who sits on the medical board formed for Tarique, said they had suggested he had the test done after he improved further but the prisons authorities wanted to do the test Tuesday.
"Though Tarique's condition is better than the previous day we have suggested to them that he should undergo the test after he improves further," he said.
The BNP leader was transferred to BSMMUH prison cell from Dhaka Central Jail after he was arrested at Dhaka cantonment home on March 8, 2007.
Earlier in the day, inspector general of prisons Brig Gen Zakir Hasan said they had nothing to do with Tarique as he was no more under prisons authorities.
The comment has stoked up confusion amid swirling speculations about the health of the ailing BNP senior joint secretary general.
"Tarique is under supervision of the doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, not under the prisons authorities," inspector general of prisons Brig Gen Zakir Hasan told reporters after a meeting with home secretary Abdul Karim at the ministry.
"As Tarique is now staying at a cabin, instead of the prison cell, we have nothing to do with [his injuries]," he said.
The doctors informed the home secretary that Tarique was out of danger.
He had been kept under 48-hour observation and might undergo CT scan if necessary, Hasan said.
On whether the prisons authorities were depending on the decision of doctors, Hasan said: "We don't have anything to do on that matter."
Asked whether the BNP leader would be sent abroad for better medical treatment, the prisons official said: "This is not our concern."
Earlier, Dr Dolon said at 12:30pm that the condition of Tarique 'improved a bit'.
"Tarique has temperature in his body and the right side of his head has swelled," joint replacement specialist Kazi Mazharul Islam he told bdnews24.com around 12:30pm after visiting Tarique.
"But nothing can be said before 48 hours. He is being kept under observation," he said.
DIG prisons Siddiqui, who visited Tarique 11:30am, said the elder son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was doing fine.
"I've talked to him. He didn't tell me of any problem," he said.
Tarique's lawyer advocate Ahmed Azam Khan went to the hospital but could not see him.
Azam said quoting the doctors that Tarique was better than he had been the previous day.
He said that he had asked the DIG prisons to take necessary arrangements for CT scan of Tarique.

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