New Delhi, June 11: Former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Monday admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for what his party and the hospital described as a “routine check-up”.
In an official statement, the hospital, however, confirmed that the former PM was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and was undergoing treatment for the same.
“Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was admitted today at AIIMS, New Delhi for investigation and evaluation. He has been diagnosed with urinary tract infection for which appropriate treatment has been closely monitored and treated by a team of doctor,” the statement read.
News agency PTI had earlier quoted hospital sources saying that the former prime minister was admitted following complaints of lower respiratory tract infection and kidney issues and was undergoing dialysis. “He was admitted with complaints of lower respiratory tract infection and kidney issues. He is in the ICU and undergoing dialysis,” a source at AIIMS was quoted by PTI as saying.
A team of doctors under the supervision of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria was attending to the nonagenarian leader, a statement from the hospital said earlier, adding that the condition of the former PM was stable.
“Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been admitted to AIIMS today for examination and management. He is stable. A team of doctors under the supervision of Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS is conducting tests,” AIIMS said in its statement.
A host of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the BJP patriarch at the hospital.
According to an official statement, PM Modi met the doctors and enquired about the well-being of Vajpayee. He also met his family members.
The prime minister spent nearly 50 minutes at the hospital, the official statement added.
BJP veteran L K Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Health Minister J P Nadda and Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan were among those who paid a visit to the ailing leader.
After visiting the former prime minister, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that his health condition is fine, and that there is nothing to worry about.
Meanwhile, another Union Minister Vijay Goel told media that Vajpayee’s medical bulletin had been released and the former prime minister was diagnosed with urinary tract infection. “His medical bulletin has been released, he had a urine infection and is being treated for that. I have complete hope that he will be able to go home tomorrow,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a BJP statement had said that the leader was admitted for routine check-up and investigations on doctors’ advice.
The BJP stalwart was the prime minister between 1998 and 2004.
As his health deteriorated, he slowly withdrew from public life and has been confined to his residence for many years.
(With PTI inputs)