Shripad taken off ventilator

The AIIMS doctors, who examined Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, leave the GMC on Wednesday afternoon.



Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge) Shripad Naik, who has been receiving treatment at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, after he met with a road accident in Karnataka, was taken off the ventilator support on Wednesday morning and has been put on high flow nasal cannula.

A three-member team of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, headed by Dr S Rajeshwari, HOD in anaesthesiology, arrived in the state late Tuesday night.

The team examined the North Goa MP in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant advising GMC doctors to take him off the ventilator as they were satisfied with Shripad Naik’s breathing, blood pressure and other health parameters.

Interacting with media persons, Dr Rajeshwari expressed satisfaction at the line of treatment given by the GMC doctors and ruled out the possibility of shifting the Union minister to Delhi for further treatment.

She praised the GMC team headed by dean Dr S M Bandekar for providing

timely intervention and treatment to Shripad Naik.

The AIIMS team, which also included Dr S B Gaikwad, HOD in neuro-radiology and Dr Dalim Kumar Baidya, additional professor of anaesthesiology, returned to the GMC at 9 am on Wednesday to reassess Shripad Naik’s health parameters along with GMC doctors.

The Chief Minister and Shripad Naik’s son Siddhesh Naik were also present.

Shripad Naik’s health parameters were examined by the AIIMS team for the second time, the Chief Minister told media persons in the afternoon, adding that the North Goa MP is conscious and responding well to the treatment.

 “He (Shripad Naik) was taken off the ventilator this morning and put on  high flow nasal cannula. He spoke to me and also to Siddhesh. His health has improved significantly and all parameters are stable. Specialist doctors are monitoring him. Doctors have said that he needs to be monitored minutely for the next 24 hours,” Sawant said.

“The AIIMS team has given their advice saying that as of now, there is no need to shift him (the Union minister) elsewhere as best treatment is being currently provided to him at the GMC,” the Chief Minister added.

Late evening a medical bulletin was issued by GMC dean on Naik’s health where he stated that Naik was extubated at 9:30 am and was put on high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) with a FIO2 of 50 per cent.

The minister was maintaining saturation of 98 per cent on HNFC.

The bulletin said that all wounds on Naik’s body are “healthy” and dressing has been changed.

“At present his blood pressure is normal; pulse is 96 pm. Urinary and blood parameters are normal. He is taking oral fluids. Responding to overall commands,” the bulletin said.

The AIIMS team flew back to Delhi. However, the team will be in constant touch with the GMC doctors and will seek updates on Shripad Naik’s health status on a daily basis and give their advice to the GMC doctors.