KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Doctors involved in Prime Minister KP Oli’s treatment have said that he will have to remain in hospital for three more days. The 66-year-old premier was rushed to TU Teaching Hospital with a chest infection in the wee hours Monday after he complained of fever.
It has not been decided whether the premier needs to be flown to a hospital abroad for further treatment.
PM Oli was hospitalized at around 4:30 am after developing a chest infection, according to a statement issued on Monday morning and evening by the Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre at Maharajgunj. According to the hospital statement, there is an imbalance in the prime minister’s blood sugar level.
PM Oli is in the CCU and the doctors say his condition is now normal. Dr Arun Sayami, Dr Divya Singh and Dr Santa Kumar Das are attending to him.
Oli had visited Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on Friday with complaints associated with seasonal flu. “PM Oli has to rest for a few days, at least three days,” said the doctors. “If his condition improves rapidly, taking him to a foreign hospital immediately is unlikely,” they said.
According to the doctors, an imbalance in the sugar and creatinine levels in the blood are symptoms of kidney complications. However, Dr Dilip Sharma, personal physician to the PM, said the creatinine level was normal. “We are monitoring the level repeatedly,” he said.
Elevated creatinine levels signify kidney disease. When the kidneys become impaired for any reason, the creatinine level in the blood rises.
Prof Dr Uttam Krishna Shrestha, director at Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center, claimed in the hospital statement that PM Oli’s condition is improving. It is reported that he is being administered antibiotics intravenously.
PM Oli, who has stayed away from public functions and meetings for the past few days, briefly attended a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Baluwater on Sunday. Doctors suggested he rest for three days after his condition deteriorated due to cold and fever.
PM Oli, who is also one of the two chairmen of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), had undergone successful prostate surgery at Max Hospital at Saket in New Delhi on March 12, 2014, after the existence of a thin mass of tissue in the urinary tract was confirmed through tests.
In 2007, Oli underwent a kidney transplant at Apollo Hospital, also in New Delhi, and he has been visiting Bangkok for regular health check-ups. He also went to Thailand for treatment of fungal meningitis in 2014 and 2017. Following the kidney transplant, he has been taking medication every day.
Leaders of the ruling NCP rushed to the hospital shortly after news broke about the prime minister’s condition. Former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal and party leaders Bishnu Paudel, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Giriraj Mani Pokharel and Matrika Prasad Yadav were among those visiting the hospital to inquire about PM Oli’s condition and wish him a speedy recovery.
A large number of party cadres and well-wishers gathered at TUTH premises throughout the day.