Kathmandu, November 16
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli underwent haemodialysis at Grande International Hospital today. A ureteric stent was also removed from the PM’s body.
A joint press release issued by Dr Dibya Singh Shah, the PM’s personal doctor who also chairs Nephrology and Transplant Medicine Department at Grande, Dr Chakra Raj Pandey, medical director of the hospital, and Dr Prem Raj Gyawali, who chairs Urology and Transplant Surgical Department at Grande, states, “He came to the hospital for his regular health check-up and medical tests. He underwent haemodialysis and his health condition is normal.”
“A ureteric stent — a small, hollow tube inserted into the ureter between kidneys and bladder — was also removed today. As the prime minister’s urine flow is better, we removed the stent,” said Dr Pandey.
The stent was inserted when the PM was admitted to the hospital in October. It allows the urine produced by the kidneys to pass easily into the bladder. This is the third time the prime minister has undergone dialysis. The PM was admitted to Grande International Hospital on October 30 where he underwent two rounds of haemodialysis before being discharged the next day. The hospital stated that dialysis was conducted to lower the increased level of creatinine. “The prime minister’s next hospital visit and dialysis depends on his health condition,” Dr Pandey added. On November 3, the PM had visited Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre for medical treatment. His chest X-ray showed that no fluid was deposited in his lungs, therefore, no fluid removal was necessary then, the doctors had said.
Oli had called several meetings after his earlier dialysis. Recently a meeting of the Council of Ministers appointed three new advisers to the prime minister’s secretariat.
Prime Minister Oli underwent a successful kidney transplant in India in 2007 after both his kidneys failed. He has been visiting hospitals in foreign countries for health check-up ever since.
The PM was admitted to Singapore-based National University Hospital twice in August. He returned from Singapore on August 12 after getting his health checkup done in the hospital but had to go back for further treatment on August 22.
The PM had undergone plasmapheresis after his creatinine level rose. Plasmapheresis is a process in which unhealthy plasma (with antibodies) is taken out and fresh plasma is transfused into the patient. During his stay in Singapore, he had undergone seven plasmapheresis procedures.
On September 11, Oli had visited Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and got the catheter removed from his neck as per the advice of doctors.
Catheter (a kind of tube) was inserted in the PM’s vein in the neck when he underwent plasmapheresis at Singapore-based National University Hospital.
A version of this article appears in print on November 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.