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Health condition of Shripad Naik improving: Doctors

Panaji: The health condition of Union Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik is improving and he is responding to treatment, according to a doctor of Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital.

Mr Naik (68) is receiving treatment at GMC where he was admitted on January 12, 2021, after he was injured in a road accident in Karnataka.

He is being monitored by doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A medical bulletin from GMC said Mr Naik was reviewed by doctors of AIIMS who arrived in the state on January 12, 2020.

They checked all his vital parameters and held discussion with doctors of GMC. They were satisfied with the treatment given to Mr Naik and planned to extubate him in the morning.

The AIIMS team visited GMC on January 13, 2021. Mr Naik was put on High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) with FIO2 of 50 per cent. He was maintaining saturation of 98 per cent on HFNC. All his wounds were healthy, dressings have been changed. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant checked on Mr Naik in the morning and had a discussion with AIIMS and GMC doctors. The Chief Minister and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane also visited the Union Minister in the afternoon and had an informal discussion with the minister.

‘AIIMS team is continuously monitoring his (Mr Naik’s) progress along with GMC doctors and have said that there is no need to shift the minister to New Delhi at this point of time and he is getting best attention at GMC and continue the same,’ GMC Dean Professor Dr S M Bandekar said.

The Union Minister was injured while his while his wife Vijaya Naik and an aide succumbed after their the car in which they were travelling met with an accident near Ankola in Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka on January 11, 2021. He was returning to Goa from Dharmasthala in Karnataka.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had visited GMC on January 12, 2021, and said if required, Naik could be shifted to New Delhi for further treatment.


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