PM recovering well, likely to be discharged soon

Kathmandu, March 9

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who underwent second kidney transplant at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, is likely to be discharged from the hospital soon.

“The decision to discharge him has not been finalised yet. A meeting to be held tomorrow in the hospital with the medical team of doctors will come up with a final decision,” said a doctor of the PM’s medical team.

“PM Oli is feeling better and has started moving around the room. His health is better and his vital signs are sound. The blood parameters are also good,” said Dr Prem Krishna Khadga, executive director of TUTH.

The doctors will also be removing the catheter — a soft hollow tube which is passed into the bladder to drain urine — soon. “The catheter is usually removed five to six days after surgery. We are planning to remove it,” said the doctor.

The hospital usually discharges patients who undergo kidney transplant on Wednesdays on Mondays, but in the PM’s case, the doctors have not done so. “We are keeping him for a few more days. If we discharge him early, he will not be able to take sufficient rest. He will become busy. There is a risk for transmission of infections in kidney transplanted patients. We, therefore, are keeping his for a few more days to prevent all such possible infections,” said Dr Khadga.

Even after he is discharged from the hospital, he should avoid taking excessive work load. He should also avoid travelling for the time being and should not attend any meetings, according to doctors.

Till now, no one has been allowed to meet the prime minister. “We have not allowed anyone to meet him except doctors and the medical team involved in his treatment,” said