GPKs health improves, returns home

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala was today discharged from Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre, following improvement in his health.

Koirala, 87, returned to his daughter Sujata Koirala's home in Mandikhatar this afternoon after he underwent treatment for four days at the hospital. Doctors were, however, unable to say whether he would be able to regain his earlier activeness to participate in political meetings. "It cannot be predicted now," said Dr Mana Bahadur KC, who has been attending on Koirala. "Old age compounded by his ailments are the main cause of his feeble health," Dr KC told The Himalayan Times.

"His haemoglobin-level was six when he was admitted to the hospital. Now it is up to 12, which is normal," said his nephew Dr Shekhar Koirala.

Koirala, who is now on antibiotics, was brought out in a wheelchair before being taken to his vehicle outside the hospital building. A huge gathering of mediapersons and photographers was there to cover the event and the police had to use force to bring order.

Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' met Koirala this morning. "Koirala told me to shoulder the responsibility of removing the irritants on the political front," Prachanda said.

NC ministers, leaders and workers were there when Koirala was discharged.

He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening after his health deteriorated. Koirala was rushed to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness and doctors found the level of haemoglobin low.

Koirala has been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a respiratory problem. Besides lung infection and asthma, he suffers from anaemia.

He was shifted to his daughter's residence in Mandikhatar on Friday. Koirala has been on round-the-clock oxygen for two weeks now.