Ex-health minister and AL leader Nasim in critical condition

Infected with Covid-19 and later suffering a stroke, Senior Awami League leader and former health minister and Awami League MP Mohammad Nasim is now in critical condition, family sources said.

The former health minister is kept on ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU) of Bangladesh Specialized Hospital in Dhaka. The doctors will take the next decision after 72 hours, they added. Dr Raziul Haque, a neurosurgeon of Bangladesh Specialised Hospital at Dhaka’s Shyamoli where Nasim is being treated, said the AL senior leader is currently unconscious and on a ventilator in the ICU.

Dr Raziul also told our correspondent over telephone that Mohammad Nasim’s blood pressure is unstable.

“We are using medicine to keep the blood pressure under control. His overall condition is critical as he is infected with Covid-19 and had a stroke,” he said.

Nasim’s son Tanvir Shakil Joy, also a former Awami League MP, told media on Friday that his father had undergone a successful surgery after suffering a stroke.

On June 1, Nasim was admitted to Bangladesh Specialised Hospital as he was feeling unwell. Later, he tested positive for coronavirus.

Nasim, son of M Mansur Ali, one of the four national leaders killed in jail on November 3, 1975, had also served as home minister for the Awami League government in 1996. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina subsequently appointed him as health minister during her government’s next tenure. Nasim has been acting as the convener of the AL-led 14-party alliance.