Chairperson Khaleda Zia has registered online through a government-approved app called ‘Surokkha’ for receiving coronavirus vaccine.
“Madam [Khaleda] registered for the vaccine on July 8 through the national Covid-19 vaccination registration app Surokkha,” said her medical team member 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’ll take steps in this regard after the SMS is sent.”
Zahid said the BNP chairperson mentioned the National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital in the city’s Mohakhali area as the centre for having the vaccine in her registration.
"Begum Khaleda Zia is a senior citizen of the country. She’s a popular political leader and a three-time prime minister. So, we’ll face a problem in taking her to a hospital as huge crowds may gather wherever she’ll go. 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 is no improvement in her heart, liver and kidney complications.
Professor Zahid said the medical board formed earlier at Evercare Hospital has been providing her treatment at home.
They also assess her health condition regularly and different medical test reports, he added.
Earlier on April 11, the 76-year-old BNP chief tested positive for Covid-19 and she was admitted to Evercare Hospital on April 27.
On April 28, a 10-member medical board, headed by Prof Shahabuddin Talukder, was formed for the treatment of Khaleda at the Evercare Hospital a day after her admission there.
She tested negative for Covid-19 on May 8, 27 days after she had been infected with the deadly virus.
On June 19, Khaleda Zia got back home from the hospital after 53 days of treatment for Covid infections and other physical complications.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government temporarily freed Khaleda Zia from jail through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25 last year.