Nepal | October 17, 2019

PM to visit Singapore again for drug dose adjustment

Sabitri Dhakal

Kathmandu, August 16

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who returned from Singapore on August 12 after getting his health check-up done, will be going back for a medicine dose adjustment in a week or so.

Oli, who underwent a kidney transplant surgery 12 years ago, is on kidney enhancement drug therapy. A source said the PM would go to Singapore probably after seven or 15 days. “Doctors in Singapore have given him new medicines for enhancing kidney function. The PM had headache, which could be a side effect of the medicine,” the source added.

Another source said the PM would go to Singapore for drug dose adjustment as the new medicine prescribed by doctors in Singapore was having side effects.

The PM neither held a press conference after he returned from Singapore nor did the hospital issue any update on his health.

The PM fell ill yesterday resulting in the cancellation of his appointments and participation in some programmes, including party’s secretariat meeting. The PM told a delegation from his home district Jhapa today that he had mild fever yesterday and he took rest, but rumour was spread that he was seriously ill.

“Last week I had a thorough check-up of my eyes, ears, throat and even the nails of my fingers. The doctors have said that all my organs are fine. They have
said that nothing will happen to me for the next 20 to 25 years. I was sick 15 years ago. I underwent renal transplant 12 years ago. I am not sick now. People are cooking up stories about my illness,” a press release issued by the PM’s Secretariat quoted the PM as telling the delegation from Jhapa.

Oli, who underwent kidney transplant in 2007 in New Delhi, has regularly undergone routine health check-up in foreign capitals, including New Delhi.

He had undergone treatment at the Singapore-based hospital where he was treated for swelling in his right hand in 2014.

When Oli was in Singapore, doctors had advised him to stay there for another week, but the PM wanted to return as he had a busy schedule back home. Doctors then suggested that the PM should visit again when he could spare more time, said a source.


A version of this article appears in print on August 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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