Min­is­ter’s health im­proves, likely to be shifted out of ICU to­day

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - HT Correspond­ent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Delhi min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain’s con­di­tion has been im­prov­ing, and he is likely to be moved from the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) to a ward by Mon­day, hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said on Sun­day.

Jain is be­ing treated for Covid-19 at Max Health­care Hos­pi­tal in Saket, and is be­ing mon­i­tored by a team of crit­i­cal care spe­cial­ists. He was ad­min­is­tered con­va­les­cent plasma ther­apy on Fri­day, af­ter his health de­te­ri­o­rated.

“His con­di­tion is sta­ble, and he is cur­rently un­der ob­ser­va­tion in the ICU. His con­di­tion has con­tin­ued to im­prove, and there is a high pos­si­bil­ity he will be shifted to a ward by Mon­day,” said an of­fi­cial from the hos­pi­tal who asked not to be named.

He has no fever at the mo­ment, and his oxy­gen lev­els have also sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved, the of­fi­cial said.

Con­va­les­cent plasma ther­apy is an ex­per­i­men­tal med­i­cal pro­ce­dure, where crit­i­cal Covid-19 pa­tients are treated us­ing plasma col­lected from those who have re­cov­ered from the in­fec­tion.

The min­is­ter had tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 on Wed­nes­day. He was ad­mit­ted to the Delhi gov­ern­ment-run Ra­jiv Gandhi Su­per Spe­cial­ity Hos­pi­tal in Tahirpur on Mon­day night.

He had tested neg­a­tive for Covid-19 on Tues­day. But an­other test the next day con­firmed that he had con­tracted the in­fec­tious dis­ease. His con­di­tion was sta­ble and he was put on oxy­gen sup­port at the gov­ern­ment-run hos­pi­tal in­ter­mit­tently.

How­ever, the min­is­ter, who is known to have no co-mor­bidi­ties, had later de­vel­oped pneu­mo­nia (lung in­fec­tion), a known Covid-19 com­pli­ca­tion, and also com­plained of breath­less­ness and gid­di­ness on Fri­day morn­ing.

On Fri­day, he was shifted to Max Hos­pi­tal , where he was put on oxy­gen sup­port at the ICU. Later in the day, a CT scan re­vealed that the pneu­monic patch in his lungs had ex­panded.

HE HAS NO FEVER AT THE MO­MENT, AND HIS OXY­GEN LEV­ELS HAVE ALSO SIG­NIF­I­CANTLY IM­PROVED, AN OF­FI­CIAL SAID

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