The 76 years old former chief minister of West Bengal has been suffering from severe lung problems that lead to unconsciousness due to which he had to be hospitalized on Wednesday at a south Kolkata hospital. Though he is responding to the treatment on the CCU, doctors say he is still in critical condition and must remain under observation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over his health.
Condition critical despite being in the critical care unit
After suffering breathing problems and falling unconscious when the oxygen saturation level dropped to 70, ex-CM of Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was rushed to a private hospital in South Kolkata. Doctors attended him sooner and started his treatment under CCU care. “Mr. Bhattacharya’s RT-PCR test showed he was Covid- negative and that is good news. The CT scan of his brain showed old lacunar infarcts. He is undergoing treatment at the CCU” a senior health expert attending him said about his condition. He further added, “He is presently on non-invasive ventilation (BIPAP) and maintaining an oxygen saturation of 95 percent. He remains critical but responding to current treatment”. The good news is that he is tested covid negative. If he would have tested positive then his health condition could have deteriorated much, given the fact he is above 75 years old.
Present CM and other ministers express concerns
Though they have been rivals for a long time and Mamata Banerjee took his throne to become the chief minister of West Bengal, putting political rivalry aside, she expressed her concern over his health. She said, “Concerned to hear that former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has been hospitalized with breathing problems. Praying for his speedy recovery and wishing him well,” regarding his health condition. Apart from her, state urban development minister Firhad Hakim and Governor Jagdeep Dhankar also wished him a speedy recovery. Firhad Hakim went to the hospital as well and spoke to the doctors personally.
Once a leader always a leader
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has proved his mettle as a political leader while serving the people of Bengal during his CM years. He not only contributed to the party’s development but also looked after the common people aggressively. Though his political career saw many ups and downs, he still stood like a rock till his last days, serving in the CPM party. He stepped down as the CPM’s state secretariat, central committee, and politburo member in 2018 due to his health concerns. Asking to operate with his condition, state CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said, “Comrade Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has been admitted for treatment of acute exacerbation of his respiratory problems in Woodland. No visitor is being allowed now. Well-wishers are requested to cooperate with the hospital authority for maintaining strict discipline in this regard.”
The Policy Times suggestion
- Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was a great leader in his times. He served as the Bengal CM from 2000 to 2011 and proved to be eminent in his serving. Now that he is ill, he deserves all the respect and honor from all of us. It is good of the opposition ministers and the CM have expressed their concern and met him in his testing times. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets well soon.