'No improvement in Basu's condition': Medical Board

KOLKATA, January 11, 2010: No major improvement has been found in the condition of former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu, according to a latest medical bulletin issued here Monday.

“He is marginally better; no major improvemnets have been found in his condition so far,” the bulletin said. “The crisis period is not over yet.”A hospital official said Basu’s central nervous system is a little better and his cardio-vascular system is more of less stable."His lungs have shown signs of improvement and his urine output has picked up," he said, ruling out dialysis at the moment.“His blood pressure is also under control with the help of medication.” Doctors are constantly monitoring Basu's health condition and the next medical bulletin on his health will be issued at 7 pm.

The 95-year-old communist patriarch was admitted on Jan 1 in the AMRI Hospitals at Salt Lake with chest congestion and he was diagnosed with pneumonia.Former West Bengal chief minister and Congress leader Siddhartha Shankar Roy visited Basu Monday morning. Roy and Basu shared a cordial relation despite being political rivals.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Monday wished ailing communist patriarch Jyoti Basu speedy recovery, saying the country needed people like him to be hale and hearty.“The country needs people like him hale and hearty,” Shah Rukh told media persons here.

Shah Rukh said while on his way from the airport he was planning to drop in at the AMRI hospital where Basu is now battling pneumonia. “But I decided not to go as my visit may create a disturbance,” he said.

Shah Rukh said he felt sad to see images of Basu in the hospital. “I pray to Allah that he gets well soon.”The actor said he had met Basu when he came here for a film promo some years back.

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