Basu’s ventilation support reduced

Kolkata, 7th January, 2010: Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu, hospitalised Jan 1 following a pneumonia attack, did not exhibit any significant improvement Thursday, though his ventilator support was partially reduced, doctors said.
A morning medical bulletin issued by the hospital said the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) veteran had fluctuating blood pressure. However, the evening bulletin said the use of blood-pressure stabilising drugs has been reduced. “Today (Thursday) there was no significant improvement in his condition. But one good thing is that his ventilation support has been reduced to partial,” said the bulletin. Basu was put on a ventilator early Wednesday following acute respiratory problems.

A steady stream of political luminaries called on Basu Thursday. Governor Devanand Konwar, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and his party comrades Brinda Karat and Sitaram Yechury were among those who visited the hospital.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya also visited the ailing leader, who holds the record for the longest stint as chief minister after having being at the helm of affairs in the state for 23 uninterrupted years.

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