Vol. 5 Num 1104 Mon. July 09, 2007  
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Singer Sabina fighting for life

Sabina Yasmin, one of the most melodious voices of all times in the Indian subcontinent, is struggling for life at the city's Labaid Specialised Hospital.

The singer of songs like "Sab kota janala khuley dao na", "Ekti Bangladesh tumi jagrata janatar", "Shei rail-liner dharey", "Majhi nao chhaira dey", "Uttar dakkhin purba pashchim" and hundreds of others has been suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

Sabina was admitted to hospital in mid-June and went through tests and operation by specialised doctors led by Dr Khademul Islam and was diagnosed with the deadly disease.

At present she is undergoing treatment under Dr Lt Col (retd) Mofazzal Hossain.

Talking about Sabina's latest condition, Labaid Hospital Registrar Dr Mohammad Ezharul Haque Kaiser yesterday said they could not give chemotherapy because of derangement of her lever function.

"We examined her again on Saturday, but it showed that her lever was not fit for chemotherapy. So, we held it up and gave immunotherapy," he said, adding that they will continuously monitor the level of her lever function until she is fit for chemotherapy.

On the condition of Sabina's lever, he said it seemed to be improving but not yet up to the level when chemotherapy can be administered.

Asked on the possibility of cure, the doctor said, "If the response of chemotherapy is good, we are optimistic about her cure."

The board formed for the treatment of the noted singer proposed taking her abroad, but Sabina and her family members preferred that she be treated in the country, Dr Kaiser noted.

Sabina Yasmin started her career through playback and singing for the radio and gramophone companies when she was still a child. As she grew up, she reigned supreme in the country's music industry for more than the last three decades.

Equally proficient in modern and folk songs, Sabina has won the hearts of millions of people all over the world. As a member of national cultural delegations she has performed in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, India, the UAE, Uzbekistan, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK. She has also made numerous concert tours in the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Pakistan and Australia.

Sabina Yasmin has won all the national awards including the highest Swadhinata Padak, the Ekushey Padak and the national film award. In India, the Bengal Film Journalists' Association has also honoured Sabina with its Best Playback Singer Award.

With the news of Sabina's illness spreading out, politicians, cultural activists, relatives and fans and well-wishers have been rushing to the hospital to inquire about her health.

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and AL leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, noted singers Andrew Kishore and Shakila Zafar and television personality Hanif Sangket, among others, visited Sabina yesterday.