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Sharif admitted to hospital as his health deteriorates

Last week, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif wrote a letter to caretaker Punjab government seeking better facilities for them at Adiala Jail.


PTI Last Updated at 29 Jul 2018, 22:07 IST Pakistan

Jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was today admitted to the country's top hospital on the orders of Pakistan's caretaker government after his health deteriorated in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Sharif, 68, is serving a 10-year jail term in a corruption case over his family's purchase of luxury apartments in London. He has been lodged in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi since July 13.

Doctors conducted a check-up of Sharif after he complained of chest pain and advised that he immediately be shifted to a coronary care unit (CCU) of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad, Geo News reported.

The decision to shift Sharif to the hospital was taken by the Punjab government which has administrative control of the Adiala jail after a team of doctors recommended that Sharif needed proper medication and care as he has been suffering from acute pain in both his arms, likely due to lack of adequate blood circulation.

Last week, it was reported that Sharif is on the verge of a kidney failure. Doctors recommended to shift him to the hospital immediately.

Doctors had advised Sharif's transfer to hospital after an electrocardiogram had shown "variations", Punjab home minister Shaukat Javed told state-run PTV.

"How many days he stays in the hospital depends on doctors," Javed said.

He had earlier said that Sharif will be shifted to PIMS, where preparations have been made to keep the high-profile prisoner.

Earlier, a team of doctors headed by Dr Ejaz Qadeer and comprising cardiologist Dr Naeem Malik, Medical Specialist Dr Shaji Siddiqui, neurologist Dr Sohail Tanvir and Dr Mashood carried out medical checkup of Sharif after he complained of pain in the chest.

Dr Malik, head of the PIMS cardiology department, suggested that authorities shift Sharif to the hospital as his blood tests showed clotting which, according to the doctor, was an alarming sign considering his medical history. His ECG was also not satisfactory.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo has diabetes and undergone bypass surgery in 2016. He currently takes medication for his heart condition, cholesterol and diabetes.

Last week, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif wrote a letter to caretaker Punjab government seeking better facilities for them at Adiala Jail.

Shahbaz had asked the authorities to ensure continuous provision of medicines and medical examination to Sharif from his personal doctor as he was suffering from dehydration and his blood urea content was 50 per cent higher than it should have been.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around the Adiala Jail. Security personnel have been deployed around its premises and also special arrangements have also been made at the PIMS.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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