Lifetime free treatment for Akbar with PM’s behest
Showbiz Desk || shiningbd
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made the treatment of singer Akbar free for the lifetime at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital. Akbar has been suffering from various complications including diabetes and kidney disease for long days.
Vocalist Akbar said, “Sir (Hanif Sanket) has contacted the Prime Minister’s Office. He briefed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on my condition in detail. Hon’ble Prime Minister has listened to Sir. She allotted a cheque of Tk 2,00,000 for me and made PG (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital) free for lifetime for treatment. I will be forever grateful to the Prime Minister and Sir (Hanif Sanket).”
Akbar said the cheque and documents issued on September 9 were accepted on September 20. An appointment has been made to go to India on October 1.
“I will be grateful to Dipjol Bhai and Zayed Bhai. Dipjol Bhai used to send Tk 10,000 to 20,000 when needed. He will even bear the cost of treatment in India. Inspired by Dipjol Bhai, I have planned to go to India. I hope I will get well with your prayers,” Akbar said.
After Eid, singer Akbar was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical College Hospital with various complications including diabetes and kidney disease. He recovered slightly from the hospital and returned home. Now the singer is staying at home.
Akbar wrote on Facebook about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, “Today is the birthday of our honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. I pray to Allah to keep her healthy and give him a good life, because I am very grateful to her. We still dream of living because we have a Prime Minister like her. I am an unpopular man. Yet the last time I was sick she helped me a lot. And this time when I fell ill and went to her, she thought of my family and kept my previous savings certificate fixed and gave me a cheque of two lakh taka for new treatment and free treatment for the rest of my life at PG Hospital. We are really blessed to have such a Prime Minister. Allah, keep this compassionate man very well. Amen.”
Born in Paikgachha, Khulna, Akbar grew up in Jashore. He used to make a living by pulling a rickshaw in Jashore city. He had a habit of singing, though having no proper knowledge. The people of Jashore were fascinated by Akbar’s voice. They even called on stage shows.
In 2003, Akbar sang at a program at MM College, Jashore. Singing that song was a turning point for him. One from Bagerhat was impressed by his song. That person wrote a letter about Akbar in the popular magazine show ‘Ittayadi.’ The program authority then contacted Akbar.
In that year, in ‘Ittayadi’, Akbar became popular overnight by singing Kishore Kumar’s song ‘Ekdin Pakhi Ure Jabe Je Alashe’. At present Akbar lives with his family at Mirpur No. 13 in the capital.