Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who has been in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, has shown no improvement in the last 13 days.
Doctors treating the 79-year-old say his condition is critical.
“His lung infection is not subsiding despite having been put on strong antibiotics. He has a history of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, a progressive lung disease, which is not helping his case either. He needed respiratory support to breathe,” said a senior doctor at AIIMS.
Sayeed is on oxygen therapy which requires him to be sedated. “We have put a tube down his throat that provides oxygen directly to his lungs, and for which he needs to be sedated as one can’t insert a tube in a conscious person’s throat without causing discomfort,” said the doctor.
Other vital parameters such has blood pressure, heart rate etc., however, are stable though Sayeed had to be given a blood transfusion last week due to a low blood count.
“He is responding to commands, opens his eyes, which is a positive sign. He is not in coma,” said the doctor.
In a statement, AIIMS said that Sayeed is being closely monitored by a multi speciality team of doctors.
“His condition requires close monitoring and our specialists are doing that round the clock,” said AIIMS spokesperson Dr Amit Gupta.
Sayeed was flown in from Srinagar in a state aircraft, on the morning of December 24 after he complained of some uneasiness and fever.
The team of experts monitoring Sayeed’s condition include Dr Rita Sood (Professor of Medicine), Prof Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie (Endocrinologist), Dr Tulika Seth (Hematology) and Prof. PN Dogra (Urology), among others.
A sudden rush of senior ministers and officials to Delhi on Tuesday fuelled speculations about a possible change of guard. People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti , who is attending to her father at the hospital, is likely to be made the next chief minister (CM).
Sources were quoted as saying that a decision to make Mehbooba Mufti the next CM is likely despite her reluctance, to avoid a “virtually head-less government”. The sources said a crucial meeting between Mehbooba and Nayeem Akhtar on it is likely to take place very soon.
Mehbooba is an MP and is not a member of either of the Houses.
A section of the BJP leadership expressed reservations about Mehbooba, but is expected to go by whatever the party high command decides.