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AIIMS director says Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health is improving, ex-PM will make 'full recovery in next few days'

All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's health improved significantly.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. AFP

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. AFP

Guleria, who has been Vajpayee's personal physician for years, also said that the former prime minister was expected to make a full recovery in the next few days.

"We are very hopeful that he should make a full recovery in the next few days. He is now showing good improvement and overall, his health is good," the AIIMS director said at a press conference. "He has shown significant improvement in the last 48 hours."

Guleria also said that when Vajpayee was admitted to the hospital, a team of senior doctors attended to him "immediately", and "he was started on injectable antibiotics". "His respiratory rate and heart rate are all normal," the AIIMS director said.

Earlier, the chairperson of the AIIMS media and protocol division, Aarti Vij, had told IANS that Vajpayee's condition was stable. "He is responding to treatment and is on injectable antibiotics," IANS had quoted her as saying. "All vital parameters are stable. He will continue to be in hospital till the infection is controlled."

Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS on Monday. His hospitalisation triggered VIP visits, including by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

The news of Vajpayee's condition being stable did little to slow the flow of prominent leaders to the hospital in Delhi. Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda as well as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat visited him on Tuesday.

Among other leaders who made a visit to the hospital are Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, MDMK leader Vaiko and Union ministers Ashwini Choubey, Vijay Goel and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.

Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu also enquired about Vajpayee's health. Health minister JP Nadda, who visited AIIMS on Monday, was again at the hospital on Tuesday. Another BJP stalwart, LK Advani, visited him on Monday.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Jun 13, 2018 16:53 PM

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