October 28, 2018 04:05 AM NPT
Photo: Republica Files
KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Prime Minister K P Oli missed the tea reception organized by his party, Nepal Communist Party (NCP), on Saturday, after doctors advised him to take bed rest for a few days as the PM has common cold and cough "due to chest infection".
NCP General Secretary Bishnu Paudel informed Republica that PM Oli couldn't attend the reception organized at Bhrikutipandap due to health issues.
“The PM has been diagnosed with chest infection. He has common cold, cough and fever. Though he couldn't appear at this event physically, h e has conveyed his emotions and has extended greetings to all through this event,” Paudel told journalists after the tea-reception.
NCP had organized the tea-reception to exchange greetings to the general public, party rank and file as well as well wishers on the occasion of major Nepali festivals Dashain, Tihar, Nepal Sambat and Chhath.
According to the secretariat of Prime Minister Oli, he has been taking antibiotics since Friday.
“He has been taking bed rest and is on antibiotics,” said his public-relation advisor Achyut Raj Mainali. He added that Oli's hectic schedule during the Dashain festival could be the reason behind his poor health.
Oli had announced to offer tika to party cares and the general public during Dashain for four days, but reduced the time later to two-hour a day after suggestions from his secretariat. The prime minister's private doctors had checked his health condition on Friday and advised him to take rest for a few days, according to Oli's Press Coordinator Chetan Adhikari.
“The prime minister's health condition is not serious but he is taking bed rest following doctors' advice. He is most likely to attend the cabinet meeting on Sunday morning,” Adhikari said.
Earlier, the cabinet meeting was postponed to Sunday from Friday, due to Oli's health. However, he attended the NCP secretariat meeting at Prime Minister's official residence at Baluwatar briefly.
Oli has been on medication following a kidney transplant. Doctors have advised him to avoid hectic work considering his health issues and age. He had to take bed rest for more than a week earlier this year due to diarrhea and vomiting during the extreme cold season.