On-bail Nawaz stays at home, shuns visitors

Future course of treatment to be devised in light of test reports

Rameez Khan March 29, 2019
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is given 6-week-long bail relief for medical treatment, skipped on Friday his second visit to hospital. According to the party officials, Sharif will, however, visit Sharif Medical City (SMC) hospital on Saturday [today] to continue with his checkups.

The former premier was scheduled to visit the SMC in the latter half of the day. On Friday, he also chose not to meet any visitors at Jati Umra, his residence at Raiwind. Dr Adnan Khan, former premier’s personal physician, said he and a cardiologist performed Sharif’s physical examination at his residence.

“Many of his [Sharif’s] test reports have been received. The remaining would be received in a day or two after which a team of experts would devise a future course of treatment,” he said.

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He said the SMC has placed an Emergency Response Team comprising professors, consultants of Intensive Care, Cardiology, Nephrology, Urology, Medicine, Surgery and associated medical and paramedical staff to provide round the clock clinical support to former PM.

“This team has been established to deal with any emergency situation. The former premiers’ doctor in London will be also consulted later on,” he added. Earlier on Thursday Sharif’s daughter Maryam wrote on Twitter that the former PM’s health condition had deteriorated since his last medical examination.

“His renal & cardiac issues are more complicated & serious than what we already know. We shall know conclusively once we are through with the investigations & have the doctors’ recommendations before us. Till then aggressive & continuous management is crucial,” she said.

Sharif after securing from the apex court a six-week-long bail on medical grounds arrived at Jati Umra in early hours of Wednesday. After consultation among his family and close associates, it was apparently decided to start his treatment at his own SMC Hospital.

During his imprisonment, he was taken to 3 different hospitals. The government had also constituted five medical boards, comprising senior most specialists, to deal with his ‘worsening’ medical condition.

A fully equipped ambulance with a doctor, driver and technician was deputed at the Kot Lakhpat Jail to deal with any cardiac emergency. The team worked round the clock in three shifts to ensure quickest response in case of any emergency.

Despite taking extraordinary measures on wishes of the Sharif family, government has never admitted that Sharif is in any sort of danger because of his health issues.

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