Raktima Bose

KOLKATA: The condition of veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu continued to remain critical on Wednesday though the doctors said his condition is ‘coming up’ and that he is ‘responding to medicines.’

A bulletin issued by the hospital authorities in the morning stated that even as Mr. Basu’s condition remains critical, “the markers of infection have marginally come down.”

Mr. Basu was given a second unit of blood during the day to improve his haemoglobin count which was lower than normal. The first unit of blood was given to him on Tuesday. The bulletin further stated that his urine output was stable and that he was on a liquid diet and being fed through Ryles tube. Later while interacting with journalists, Ajit Kumar Maiti, a doctor from the medical board set up for Mr. Basu’s treatment, said about 60 per cent of the infection affecting the nonagenarian had been cured. “His condition has improved in comparison to the last two days. Today [Wednesday] he also tried to open his eyes...but he will not be out of danger unless the fluid accumulation in his body can be completely checked,” Dr. Maiti said.

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