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Baba Ramdev will not slip into coma, say doctors

Abhinav Madhwal, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, June 11, 2011
First Published: 09:32 IST(11/6/2011) | Last Updated: 23:27 IST(11/6/2011)

Yoga guru Ramdev, who is on an indefinite fast, is receiving the best medical care and there is no chance of him slipping into coma, doctors said on Saturday.

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Ramdev was admitted to Dehradun’s Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust on Friday after being on fast since June 4. He was protesting corruption and was demanding that black money allegedly stashed abroad be brought back to India.

A medical bulletin from the hospital effectively refuted Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s statement earlier on Saturday that Ramdev might slip into coma because of fluctuations in blood pressure.

The hospital’s chairman Vijay Dhasmana and medical superintendent SL Jethani said the yoga guru’s blood pressure had been varying throughout the day, but he was stable and under the supervision of super specialists.

Jethani said Ramdev’s condition would improve faster if he took food through his mouth, although he could be fed intravenously.

“Ramdev was given a drip of saline, glucose and vitamins. We cannot force-feed him ethically, but we can ask the administration to step in,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister met Ramdev in his private ward. Nishank later said Ramdev is a national asset and the state government won’t let any harm come to him.

“We had ordered his hospitalisation in view of the threat to his life due to the fast and we are committed to his safety,” he said.

Nishank lashed out at PM for saying Ramdev was the state government’s responsibility.

“Is Baba Ramdev not a citizen of the country that the Centre is not responsible for him?” he said. “The central government brought him from Delhi and put him at Patanjali Yogpeeth. Do you expect us to bundle him off to another state like that?”

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