Doctors say Nepal PM free of cancer: Minister

Doctors have given a clean bill of health to Nepal`s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, following successful radiotherapy for lung cancer, the country`s information minister said Wednesday.

Kathmandu: Doctors have given a clean bill of health to Nepal`s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, following successful radiotherapy for lung cancer, the country`s information minister said Wednesday.

Koirala, 75, travelled to New York`s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center last week for follow-up consultations after he was diagnosed with cancer in June.

"The doctors in the US have given the prime minister a clean chit of health... he has been recuperating well," said Minendra Rijal, minister for information and communications.

According to a statement published by the prime minister`s press office, the doctors conducted scans and found that Koirala`s lungs are now free of the spots and lesions detected in June. 

Koirala, who was a habitual cigarette smoker until he was diagnosed with tongue cancer eight years ago, has been visiting the New York medical facility for annual follow-ups after undergoing surgery. 

"It is good news that he is well, especially since the country is at a critical juncture when he needs to facilitate the political process," minister Rijal told AFP. 

Koirala took office in February after winning elections on a pledge to deliver a long-delayed constitution to the Himalayan nation within a year.

Nepal has endured prolonged political limbo since 2006 when Maoist rebels signed a peace deal, ending a ten-year civil war and paving the way for constituent assembly polls two years later.