Nawaz needs regular check-ups, doctor tells Punjab govt

Published: June 11, 2019
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LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician Dr Adnan Khan has requested the Punjab government to allow him to conduct regular check-ups of his patient given his deteriorating health condition.

Dr Adnan, who examined Nawaz on Monday, revealed that his patient was having class III to IV angina, whereas his breathlessness had worsened due to uncontrolled blood pressure and blood sugar.

He further revealed that Nawaz required optimisation of medicines, monitoring and constant care, adding that he had requested the government of Punjab to allow consultations and examine his patient on a daily basis.

In the letter written to the chief secretary, Dr Adnan thanked the government for granting the permission to meet Nawaz on Monday.

He stated that during his last visit to consult/examine Nawaz, he observed that his health condition with the evident co-morbidities continued to deteriorate with serious risk to his life, for which he required continuous monitoring, regular clinical examination and review.

He stated that Nawaz required constant attention which could not be satisfactorily and sufficiently given in incarceration; therefore, “it is imperative and imminent to consult and review him on a regular basis”.

He said he in the capacity of being his personal physician required a continuous access to him to assess and monitor his health.

On June 8, Dr Adnan took to social media to express his concerns with prescription of drugs by doctors of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).

He wrote on his social media handle that Nawaz was having uncontrolled high blood pressure for which he required further work-up, lab tests and ECG.

“PIC advised sublingual meds fearing hypertensive emergency, better to be avoided in an unsupervised jail environment,” he stated, demanding a need for specialised care.

Maryam Nawaz also reacted to Dr Adnan’s tweet, tweeting that Nawaz’s personal physicians “are of the view that emergency medicines prescribed by PIC doctors can cause sudden drop in BP and stroke as he is already on maximum dose”.

“Sublingual administration must not be done without 24/7 monitoring which is not possible in jail. ECG & fresh labs must be done,” Maryam tweeted.

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