Jyoti Basu hospitalised with chest infection; condition stable

Kolkata: Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu was today admitted to the intensive care unit of a Salt Lake hospital with chest infection as doctors attending him described his condition as stable.

The 95-year-old was earlier closely examined at his Indira Bhavan residence by a four-member team of doctors, headed by his personal physician A K Maity, who finally decided to admit him to AMRI hospital for a thorough treatment of his bronchial congestion.

The former chief minister's personal aide told that the Marxist veteran's other health parameters were okay.

Doctors said Basu was taken inside the ICCU and an x-ray was conducted on his chest.

"Basu's treatment will start shortly and his breathing problem is not that acute," said one of his doctors Trishit Roy.

He said the doctors considered that it was "high time" Basu was shifted to hospital for thorough treatment of his chest infection.

Basu was last admitted to hospital on July 12 after he fainted at his residence following breathing trouble.