PM Oli advised to avoid public functions for a week

Published On: November 18, 2018 07:59 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

PM to work from official residence at Baluwatar

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Doctors have advised Prime Minister KP Oli to abstain from attending pubic functions for over a week though they have not barred him from coming outside. 

The PM’s Secretariat said on Saturday that the prime minister will work from the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar following the doctors’ advice to avoid public functions due to the risk of infection. 

“He has fully recovered and has been working from his residence. But we have asked him to avoid public functions as advised by his doctors,” said his Press Advisor Kundan Aryal. 

Oli has not confirmed his participation in any public function until next week. The Ministry of Labor and Employment has scheduled to introduce the government flagship program on social security on November 27, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Oli, according to the ministry. 

The prime minister’s personal physician Dr Dibya Singh said that doctors have not barred him from attending public functions but have advised him to avoid hectic activities to gain more strength. 

“He has completely recovered and can attend functions outside his residence as per his comfort now. But it will be better to avoid such activities for some time,” Singh told Republica. 

Although Oli was scheduled to attend the Colombo Process Summit on Friday in Kathmandu for the first time after recovering from chest infection, he canceled his plan to address the summit in the last hour. “We suggested to him not to attend the summit and take rest for a few more days as it would help him gain some strength,” said Minister for Labor and Employment, Gokarna Bista. 

Oli was admitted to Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center in the capital in October 29 for chest infection and fever and remained under physicians’ observation for five days. While discharging him from the hospital, doctors had advised him to take rest for a week. His hectic work schedule during Dashain and lack of rest was blamed for Oli’s illness. 

Doctors have told the prime minister that going to crowded and dusty places would have adverse effects on his health. 

“He has been working for 10 to 12 hours a day from his residence these days. He has resumed meetings, taking briefings from ministers and other offices, studying and approving files and so on,” said advisor Aryal. Oli has convened two cabinet meetings at his residence after being discharged from the hospital and the third cabinet meeting is slated for Monday.

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