Doctors advice against shifting Shripad Naik to Delhi, his condition stable

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Dona Paula: The team of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Command Hospital on Monday decided not to shift Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik to New Delhi while suggesting his treatment be continued in Goa, where he is admitted in a private hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 infection.

State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters on Monday that the health condition of Naik is stable, and doctors feel that, at this juncture, there is no need to shift him to Delhi for further treatment.

The team of doctors from AIIMS and Command Hospital, which is in Goa, would be reviewing the health condition of Naik on Tuesday, he said. Sawant said that the experts are happy with the line of treatment given to Naik by the private hospital.

The Chief Minister said that Naik’s health condition was “really bad” during the wee hours on Monday after which he had called Union Health Minister Harshvardhan urging him to send the team of experts from AIIMS, New Delhi.

“During the day I spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also our party President J P Nadda informing them about the health conditions of Naik,” Sawant said.

He said that all the health parameters of Naik are currently stable but the infection in the lungs has increased compared to the last time.

Sawant said that the COVID-19 test conducted on Naik has come positive on Monday, but the test will repeated tomorrow.

Goa Medical College and Hospital Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar said that the oxygen saturation of Naik had dropped in the morning and was shifted to Non Invasive Ventilator. “His condition is stable now,” he added.

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