MNA Editorial Desk: The ailing Awami League General Secretary, Obaidul Quader, has reached Singapore by an air ambulance for advanced medical care as he is suffering from heart complications.
The ambulance for Mount Elizabeth Hospital arrived in the island nation at 7:50pm Bangladesh time on Monday, Welfare Officer Al Amin Hossain at the Bangladesh High Commission there told.
Al Amin could not say anything about the road transport and bridges minister’s condition as the politician was yet to reach the hospital when spoke to him.
The air ambulance departed Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport at 4:15pm after doctors decided to transfer the Awami League leader.
“We have decided to take him to Singapore. We are making preparations,” Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Biplob Barua had said.
The ambulance carrying Quader set off from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University at 3:22pm, accompanied by a security detail.
It took only 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive at the airport’s VIP Terminal as the roads had been cleared beforehand.
The minister’s wife Ishratunnesa Quader brought him to the BSMMU in a critical condition early in the morning on Sunday after he fell ill in the wee hours.
Quader has three arterial blocks and one of those has been removed by stenting, according to BSMMU Cardiology Department Prof Syed Ali Ahsan, who was leading a panel overseeing his care.
As his condition was unstable, the doctors initially could not say when it would be safe to move him for better treatment abroad.
Specialists from the Singapore hospital came on Sunday evening and on consultation with them, the doctors decided to treat him in Dhaka for the time.
On Monday, renowned cardiologist from India Dr Devi Shetty arrived and checked Quader.
Later, the doctors said Quader was stable enough to be transported now.
BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Kanak Kanti Barua said they also spoke to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before making the decision on transporting Quader.
Beside Ishratunnesa, BSMMU doctor Abu Naser Rizvi is with Quader. Two doctors, a nurse and a technician of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital also travelled on the air ambulance.