Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is being moved to a private hospital from a government facility dedicated to COVID-19 patients after his condition deteriorated and he was also diagnosed with pneumonia, senior officials said on Friday (June 19).
The 55-year-old minister will now be undergoing treatment in the ICU of the Max Hospital in south Delhi’s Saket, they said.
Jain was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH), a dedicated COVID-19 facility under the city government in east Delhi, on June 16.
“We have put him fully on oxygen support as his Spo2 level had fallen to 89 at one point, normal level is about 95. Also, he has been diagnosed with pneumonia, so we are shifting him to an ICU at the hospital,” a senior official of the hospital told PTI.
“We are also exploring if he can be shifted to a bigger, private facility, just in case his condition doesn’t improve,” he said.
Jain had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, a day after he was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) after running a high-grade fever and suffering a sudden drop in oxygen levels.
Sources in Delhi government had on Wednesday said people who interacted with him in the last couple of days would be quarantined as per the advice of doctors.
On Sunday, Jain attended a high-level meeting on the coronavirus situation in the national capital, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which was also attended by Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
Shah on Friday wished speedy recovery to Satyendar Jain after his condition deteriorated. “Praying for the speedy recovery of Shri Satyendra Jain, Health Minister of Delhi, who is battling with COVID-19 infection,” Shah tweeted.
Praying for the speedy recovery of Shri Satyendra Jain, Health Minister of Delhi who is battling with COVID-19 infection.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 19, 2020
(With inputs from agencies.)