New Delhi, Apr 5: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is reportedly suffering from kidney ailment, reached the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Thursday. The minister, who will be undergoing a kidney transplant likely on April 7, met the donor at the hospital today. Currently, he is working from controlled environment at home, the minister informed through a tweet.
Jaitley will undergo kidney transplant under a team of surgeons headed by AIIMS Dr VK Bansal. The team consists of Dr Gautam Sharma and Dr Nikhil Tandon.
“I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted. I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me,” Jaitley tweeted.
According to a report, the doctors have advised the minister not to go out in public because of the infection. Jaitley, who was recently re-appointed as leader of Rajya Sabha, did not take the oath for his new term on Tuesday.
Earlier, Arun Jaitley had undergone bariatric surgery for weight reduction in September 2014. The surgery was successful and he had resumed work after being discharged on September 10, 2014. But later, he was again hospitalised for a respiratory infection.
Another media report states that speculation about his health had started in January this year when he failed to accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Jaitley holds two portfolios – Finance and Corporate Affairs – in the Union Cabinet. He is a senior Minister in the BJP-led government.
A few days before, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar went to the United States for treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also underwent kidney transplant at AIIMS in 2016.