Union Minister Shripad Naik is conscious and recovering: Goa CM
(Sourced from PTI)
Union Minister Shripad Naik, who was admitted to a Goa hospital after he met with an accident, is conscious and recovering, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday, adding that there is no need to shift him to New Delhi for treatment. "Naik is recovering. There is no need to shift him to Delhi. He is conscious and speaking," the Chief Minister said.
Sawant told reporters that a team from the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), led by Dr. S Rajeshwari, reviewed the treatment given to Naik at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who visited the GMCH on Tuesday, had said that if required, Naik would be shifted to New Delhi for further treatment.
"The team from AIIMS has advised taking Naik off the ventilator on Wednesday," an official from the team said. Talking to reporters late Tuesday night, the official also said they are satisfied with Naik's breathing, blood pressure, and other health parameters. The AIIMS team had arrived in Goa on Tuesday evening and visited Naik at the GMCH. Sawant was also present with the team.
Naik received injuries, while his wife Vijaya and an aide died on Monday when their car met with an accident near Ankola in Uttar Kannada district, while he was returning to his home state Goa from Dharmasthala. GMCH Dean Dr. Shivanand Bandekar said, "When Naik was brought to the GMCH, he was critical but later he responded to treatment and is gaining consciousness."
"Four major surgeries were performed on Naik. He will continue to be in the hospital for another 10 to 15 days after which it will take at least three to four months for him to recuperate completely," Dr. Bandekar said.