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Marginal improvement in Tarun Gogoi's health condition


GUWAHATI: The health condition of ailing former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi improved marginally on Sunday, according to doctors at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

The 86-year-old Congress veteran is undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications. Over the past three months, since he tested positive for the disease on August 25, he has been in and out of the hospital.

“He has been put on mechanical ventilation. His health condition improved slightly today (Sunday). He is maintaining an oxygen saturation of 95-97%. He is haemodynamically stable but not out of danger. The next 24 hours will be critical,” GMCH Superintendent Dr Abhijit Sarma told journalists.

Gogoi was on a semi-conscious state on Sunday morning. The doctors observed his spontaneous eye and hand movement. His lab results were found to be good.

Dr Sarma said the doctors at the GMCH had been in constant touch with the experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) through video conference.

After visiting Gogoi at the hospital, Assam’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma ruled out the possibility of shifting the Congress leader to Delhi. “But we are constantly in touch with the experts from the AIIMS,” Sarma said.

An official statement said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had been taking stock of Gogoi’s health round-the-clock.

Several politicians and other personalities visited the hospital. Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi said the fighter Gogoi would defeat his illness fighting.

In his five-decade-old political career, Gogoi had served as an MP for several terms. He had first donned the CM’s mantle in 2001 and held the position till 2016 when the Congress was ousted by a resurgent BJP.