Blood tests conducted on Chhagan Bhujbal Sunday came out negative for dengue, though the Nationalist Congress Party leader continues to remain in a serious condition, suffering from a viral infection. Bhujbal is in the intensive care unit of the state-run JJ Hospital where he was rushed from Arthur Road prison Saturday.
The former public works department (PWD) minister had complained of chest pain for three days along with high fever, weakness, chills and body pain. With his platelet count low, doctors initiated symptomatic treatment for dengue Saturday. “He suffers from some viral infection. We will have to conduct more tests to understand all the health complications,” said Dr T P Lahane, dean at JJ hospital.
Bhujbal is currently admitted to a corner cubicle of the hospital’s second floor MICU ward with two guards stationed outside and one by his bedside round the clock. He has not been allowed any visitor because of “low immunity” and “susceptibility to infection”.
According to the doctors treating him, Bhujbal also suffers from arthritis and heart blockages. “His fingers and joints have swollen,” said a doctor. Bhujbal currently also has a high blood pressure along with red patches all over his skin.
The doctors said the former minister’s condition was serious but he was out of any danger.