Indian Shiite group to pay El-Zakzaky’s $500,000 medical bill, treatment may last six months


A Shiite group based in India, Anjuman e-Haideri, has promised to pay the $500,000 (N180 million) medical bill of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, at Medanta Hospital, New Delhi.
El-Zakzaky and Zeenat, accompanied by some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and officials of Kaduna State Government, arrived India on Tuesday to commence medical treatment.
It is believed the 66-year-old Islamic cleric, who was in detention for close to four years, is suffering from Ischaemic heart disease, chronic hypertension, right eye severe visual impairment with progressive open glaucoma, mental toxicity and lead poisoning.
Anjuman e-Haideri’s letter was signed by its General Secretary, Mr. Bahadur Naqvi, and addressed to the Managing Director and Chief Surgeon of Medanta Hospital, Dr. Naresh Trehan.
It reads: “Maulana Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, who is a prominent Shi’a Muslim leader having a large following worldwide will be treated in your hospital.
“The Executive Committee of Anjuman e-Haideri, Jor bagh, New Delhi, by the direction of our Chief Patron, Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, has decided unanimously to bear all the medical costs incurred in India for his treatment. Kindly consider our request, do the needful and oblige”.
A source at the hospital revealed that the treatment may take between six months and two years ‘based on the lead poison in his system’.


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