President being treated in ICU at AIIMSHis condition is reportedly stable. The head of state was taken to India for a second opinion as per family’s wishes.
A medical team under Dr Anant Mohan, a pulmonologist, has started the treatment of President Ramchandra Paudel upon his arrival at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.
He has been admitted to the hospital’s VVIP intensive care unit.
President Paudel, who has been suffering from chest infection, was airlifted to India on Wednesday on a Shree Airlines chartered flight for further treatment. Before that, he had been hospitalised in Kathmandu, for the second time in less than three weeks.
Dr Mohan, the head of the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the hospital, and his team will repeat all tests carried out in Nepal and will also conduct additional ones, according to Chintan, President Paudel’s son, who accompanied his father to Delhi along with a medical team.
Paudel was admitted to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on Tuesday after he complained of shortness of breath. Earlier, he was admitted to the hospital on April 1, after he complained of pain in the abdomen. Doctors at the hospital discharged him after five days, recommending the use of antibiotics.
Paudel underwent a chest ultrasound sonography test (USG) on Monday, which showed pleural effusion (accumulation of fluids in the chest). Doctors at the hospital had carried out fluid tapping and testing, which did not indicate anything serious.
“The President was referred to Delhi for a second opinion,” a doctor at the TU Teaching Hospital told the Post, asking not to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “Pressure from his family members is among the main reasons he was airlifted to India. Doctors here too did not want to take any risk after the President’s family members insisted on taking him to India.”
Issuing a press statement later in the day, the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi said the health condition of the President is “stable”.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished for President Paudel’s speedy recovery, said the embassy.