Physician says he has a critically low platelet count
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Lahore’s Services Hospital Monday night after his health deteriorated.
The National Accountability Bureau decided to shift him to the hospital for a medical check-up after his recent medical reports.
A six-member medical board has been formed to evaluate Nawaz’s condition. A popular cardiac surgeon, Dr Saqib Shafi, has been asked for his opinion on the former PM’s condition.
Shehbaz Sharif, the president of the PML-N, visited his brother at the hospital on Tuesday.
“We are worried how did Nawaz’s platelet count fell so quickly in NAB custody,” remarked Shehbaz while speaking to media outside the hospital. “This shows their gross negligence”.
Sharif’s physician, Dr Adnan Khan, has said that his patient has a “critically low” platelet count and requested the authorities to immediately shift Nawaz to a hospital for treatment.
Former PM #NawazSharif is detected to have critically low Platelet Count (16*10^9/L) that could be due to multiple pathologies & requires immediate in-hospital care.
I’ve requested the concerned authorities to act in urgency please. pic.twitter.com/hnaYHEAxkF
— Dr. Adnan Khan (@Dr_Khan) October 21, 2019
“Today, [I] met former PM NawazSharif for consultation [and] evaluation. He’s visibly unwell [and] has multiple serious life-threatening health issues of acute nature. I have recommended immediate hospitalisation for treatment. The matter is of utmost urgency,” Dr Khan wrote.
A heavy contingent of law enforces was deployed outside the hospital. PML-N workers gathered outside and staged a protest. They demanded the immediate release of their leader. They chanted anti-government and burnt tyres. NAB had to call in the police to handle the situation.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said Sharif’s medical reports showed that his condition was critical.
NAB spokesperson said a test for dengue virus was conducted, which came negative. He said his low platelet count could be because of the blood thinners, prescribed to him by his physician.
Sharif had been shifted from Kot Lakhpat jail to NAB’s Lahore building after his arrest in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. The former prime minister is serving seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia case.