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Khaleda Zia cannot use left hand: doctor

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Bangladesh's jailed former prime minister and can no longer use her left arm after it was paralysed and bent, her doctor has said.

Zia, 73, was last week admitted to a specialised state-run hospital here for proper treatment following a court order as her health deteriorated.

was jailed for five years in February after being convicted of corruption involving an orphanage.

"She has been suffering from rheumatoid for the past 30 years, which has played a role in the of her left arm. These kinds of problems are rising as her is worsening," Dr told a press briefing at (BSMMU) Hospital on Monday.

The tasked with treating the incarcerated has said that Zia's left arm has ended up paralysed and bent as she did not take her medicines properly, quoted the doctor as saying.

Chowdhury also said that was mainly suffering from and joint pain, apart from diabetes, and

"She is also having trouble with one of her knees that had been replaced. So that's another issue," he added.

He said that Zia had been suffering from for the past 20 years, but she did not take the prescribed insulin. "So we will have to find out the level of her first."

The was admitted to the on Saturday for better treatment following a order.

She has been suffering from a number of ailments for a long time, according to doctors who earlier treated her.

Earlier, the BNP chief's personal doctors who had met her in the old Dhaka central jail said that she suffered a "mild stroke" on June 5.

On September 16, another government-formed medical board had suggested admitting Zia to a hospital like the BSMMU, although they said they did not find symptoms of any in her during medical tests.

On April 7, Zia underwent some medical tests at the because of her

Zia was granted bail in a corruption case in May but remains in jail while she fights dozens of other violence and graft charges.

Zia was found guilty then of embezzling money intended for an orphanage, a charge she dismissed as politically motivated.

She is appealing against the verdict which bars her from standing in a to be held in December.

The BNP alleges that the trial was politically motivated to debar her from contesting elections, but the denies the allegation.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 15:25 IST