NEW DELHI: Former President
was put on
on Monday after undergoing surgery for removal of a clot in his brain. He has also tested positive for
Sources at the Army (Research and Referral) Hospital said the few hours after the surgery would be critical as there is need for ventilator support that may not have been required if he was not Covid positive. Mukherjee, 84, tweeted on Monday, saying, “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today.”
“I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19,” Mukherjee, who was President from 2012 to 2017, added.
Sources said the former President is ‘critical’. “He needed to be put on ventilator during the surgery for the removal of the clot in his brain. Normally, he would have been weaned off the device after the success of the surgery. However, the doctors are unable to do so in the current situation because he is suffering from Covid-19,” said a source, adding, “Next few hours are going to be critical”.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, along with several of his party colleagues, wished Mukherjee, who was a Congress leader for years, a speedy recovery. “We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid,” Congress said on its official
Wishing you a speedy recovery Sir! https://t.co/hxErfxo0RT
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala)1597046629000
Abhijeet Mukherjee, Congress member and the former president’s son, tweeted, “I wish my father a speedy recovery! I appeal to all my countrymen to pray for his speedy recovery & good health.” Several leaders from across the political spectrum also wished Mukherjee an early recovery.
Rajasthan chief minister
tweeted, “I have come to know former President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19…concerned about his health. Wish him a speedy recovery.”
I have come to know former President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for #Covid_19…concerned ab… https://t.co/ldF4TZZMaG
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51)1597047767000
“Wishing Sri Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery. I am sure he will be out of this sooner than later,” said Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge. Union minister Piyush Goyal also wished good health for Mukherjee and said he is conf