Singapore physicians flown in to treat Quader

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A four-member medical team from Singapore arrived in Dhaka on Sunday night to treat ailing minister Obaidul Quader, admitted to the BSMMU with cardiac problems, reports UNB.

The medical team from Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital entered the BSMMU around 7:45pm, said its director Abdullah Al Harun.

Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Awami League also road transport and bridges minister, was admitted to the CCU of the hospital in the morning following his breathing complications.

Later, physicians found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.

In the afternoon, physicians at BSMMU said Quader’s health condition is improving slightly but is not stable yet.

“We’re optimistic about the recovery of Obaidul Quader but he’s not out of danger. It’s a matter of time,” said BSMMU cardiology department chairman professor Syed Ali Ahsan while speaking at a press briefing at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

“Quader is blinking his eyes and trying to talk to others. If his condition remains stable, we’ll go for a bypass surgery. He’s now in critical condition,” he said at the briefing.

BSMMU vice-chancellor professor Kanak Kanti Barua said, “Quader is responding to others.”

Replying to a question, Kanak Kanti said, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina told us that the ailing minister will be taken abroad for better treatment with the consent of the physicians.”

He also said they would allow taking him to Singapore if they see there is adequate manpower and expertise in the medical team that come from Singapore.

BSMMU director Abdullah Al Harun and some other physicians of the hospital were present at the press briefing.

Earlier, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited the ailing minister at BSMMU.

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