This man carries an envious history and record with him and he is sick these days. This time, it seems, seriously. Reports suggest Girija Prasad Koirala is fighting death and the main weapon this time is his willpower to live. A man with strong leadership and organizational skills, Koirala is not an immortal. Neither he is a flawless person. What he is, without any dispute, is the single most important personality in Nepali politics today who towers everyone else. He commands the moral and organizational authority that can make or break the politics. Call it a selfish demand but life of Girija Prasad Koirala is necessary for Neapli democracy today. Yes, we are no fans of Koirala but we believe so. He could be and is the strongest defender of democracy in Nepal.
With that note, we present here media reports on Koirala’s heath:
Discharged from hospital
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala was discharged from Sahid Gangalal National Heart Center, Bansbari, on Wednesday (yesterday). He has been taken to his daughter Sujata´s residence at Mandikhatar. Koirala, who has long been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after his condition deteriorated. Doctors advised his family members to take him home after Koirala insisted on that. Earlier, doctors had said that Koirala could be taken home after his hemoglobin level reaches above 10 gram in his blood. Koirala’s health condition is now ‘stable’, according to doctors involved in his treatment. A team of four physicians — Dr Man Bahadur KC, Dr Arjun Karki, Dr Jagadish Agrawal and Dr Arun Maskey — was involved in his treatment. Doctors said Koirala will still need to be given antibiotics for seven to 10 days. He will also need additional oxygen support for 16 to 24 hours a day. He was on oxygen support when he was taken out of the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Koirala rushed to hospital
KATHMANDU, March 14: Former prime minister and President of Nepali Congress (NC) Girija Prasad Koirala was rushed to Sahid Gangalal National Heart Center in Bansbari on Sunday (14 Mar) after his health deteriorated. He was rushed to the hospital after doctors found his hemoglobin level low, senior NC leader and former home minister Krishna Sitaula told Republica. Four time prime minister Koirala, 86, is suffering from chronic respiratory diseases.
Koirala under 24-hour oxygen
By Kiran Chapagain in Republica
KATHMANDU, Mar 10: Doctors have put Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala under oxygen around the clock at his residence at Maharajgunj after his illness worsened in recent days. Until recently, he used to be put on oxygen five to seven hours a day.
“He is becoming weaker every day,” said Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula, who meets Koirala almost daily including yesterday (9 Mar). “Koirala´s doctors are meeting on Wednesday morning to decide whether he should be taken abroad for treatment again,” said Sitaula. “We have concluded that Koirala should be taken at least to India, if it is not possible to take him to Singapore again.”
Koirala was taken to Singapore in an air ambulance when he fell seriously ill last November. He had received treatment at Gleneagles Hospital, a 380-bed private tertiary acute care hospital in Singapore, from November 14 to 22, 2009. A team of doctors from the hospital had even visited Nepal for follow-up treatment for Koirala recently.
On Tuesday (9 Mar), Acting President of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala called Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, who is currently on a tour of Europe, to inform her about the deteriorating condition of her father and asked her to return home as early as possible. “She has cut short her visit and is arriving most likely on Wednesday evening or by Thursday at the latest in view of her father´s condition,” Sitaula said. The deputy prime minister was originally scheduled to return home on March 14.
Nepali Congress leader Laxman Prasad Ghimire said that Koirala has had to take oxygen even during meetings with party leaders in recent days.