The health condition of Sathya Sai Baba turned very critical on Thursday as there was poor response from his vital organs to treatment.

A health bulletin released by the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences said intermittent episodes of low blood pressure were persisting, indicating that the heart condition was “quite weak.''

The parameters of the functioning of various organs were also “erratic” and every attempt was being made to keep them within normal limits by administering drugs.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation with Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, Chief Secretary S.V. Prasad, Director-General of Police K. Aravinda Rao and other officials in the morning on the role of the government in case of any eventuality.

The government has so far played the role of a facilitator for providing treatment to the 84-year-old spiritual leader, as it cannot intervene in the affairs of Puttaparthi which is governed by a private trust — the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Mr. Raghuveera Reddy told reporters that doctors were making their best efforts to improve Sai Baba's condition.