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Priyanka Gandhi likely to be discharged from hospital today

After almost a week in hospital for treating dengue, doctors say Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s condition has stabilised.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2017 09:35 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was admitted to a hospital in Delhi on August 23 for treatment of dengue.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is undergoing treatment for dengue at a city hospital, is likely to be discharged by Monday afternoon.

Vadra is being treated at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi.

“Her platelets are stable; there is no cause for concern. There was a drop in platelets initially as it happens with dengue, but now it has stabilised,” said Dr DS Rana, chairperson of the hospital’s board of management

“Doctors will be taking a call on the discharge today. The weakness in dengue tends to last for a few weeks and full recovery takes some time. She would need to take adequate rest at home,” he said.

Vadra was admitted to the hospital on August 23 and her treatment was being monitored by specialists from the hospital’s medicine department and chest medicine consultant Dr Arup Basu, who is also the Congress president’s family physician.

“Priyanka Vadra developed fever and then tested positive for dengue. She was brought to the hospital on the evening of August 23,” said Dr Rana.

Read more: Deadly dengue: 7 important facts which everyone should know

Dengue is a viral infection spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The symptoms appear in five to six days after being bitten by the mosquito and include high fever (less than 103 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, rashes, abdominal cramps and in some cases, bleeding from the gums, nose or ears.

Patients are prescribed paracetamol for fever and pain and are asked to drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Most recover in a week to 10 days.

Authorities have confirmed 657 cases of dengue, of which 325 patients are from Delhi and 332 from the neighbouring states who are being treated in the national capital.

Neighbourhoods under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation have reported 64 cases, followed by 42 cases from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council.

First Published: Aug 28, 2017 09:35 IST