Kolkata: The condition of 95-year-old Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, hospitalised with pneumonia, has shown ‘positive change’ but still remains critical, the latest medical bulletin AMRI Hospital, where he is admitted, said on Wednesday evening.
“The condition of Mr Basu is critical but there are positive changes since the last medical bulletin at 11.30am. We are continuously monitoring him and the next review will be announced tomorrow at 11 am,” it said.
The bulletin revealed that blood pressure and urine discharge was in control now. Heart and kidney were also functioning normally.
Earlier in the day, his situation had turned "very critical" and he was put on a ventilator after developing acute breathing problems.
"His condition is unstable and very critical," Dr A K Maity, Basu`s personal physician and also a member of the medical board constituted at the AMRI hospital, Salt Lake where the former West Bengal Chief Minister is admitted, had said.
A medical bulletin issued by the hospital had said, "Basu has been put on ventilation following acute respiratory problem due to deteriorating lung condition, but his heart and his kidneys are functioning normally so far."
Basu, who was admitted to the hospital on Friday last, was improving till yesterday, but his health parameters turned erratic early this morning and there was no option but to put him on life support, Superintendent of AMRI Hospital Dr Debashish Sharma said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters at the state secretariat, "Basu`s condition is not good."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh telephoned to inquire about Basu`s condition, he said.
Many political leaders both from the Left Front and the Opposition visited the hospital. CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat and his party colleague, politburo member Sitaram Yechury, will leave for Kolkata Thursday morning.-