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COVID-19 | Congress MP Rajiv Satav on ventilator support

Rajiv Satav. File   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Satav (46), who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, is on ventilator support at a private hospital in Pune city after his health deteriorated, said medical authorities on Thursday.

Mr. Satav, a member of the AICC and considered a mainstay of his party in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, had tested positive on April 22. He was later admitted to the city’s Jehangir Hospital. He has been on ventilator support since Wednesday after his condition worsened, said doctors.

“He has been in the ICU since the past four days and was moved to ventilator support on Wednesday. A team of doctors is monitoring his condition. He has already been administered both remdesivir and tocilizumab,” said Dr. S.S. Gill, Medical Director, Jehangir Hospital.

Minister of State Vishwajeet Kadam, who is the Congress MLA from Palus-Kadegaon (in Sangli) who is monitoring the situation, visited the hospital on Thursday.

“He was responding well to treatment and was in good health till April 25, after which, as per doctors, he developed some complications. Mr. Satav was moved to the ICU on April 25 and has been on ventilator since Wednesday,” Mr. Kadam told reporters later.

He stressed that though Mr. Satav was on ventilator support, the MP was a man of strong will power.

“He is responding well to treatment and I hope he stages a complete recovery soon.”

Mr. Satav had won the Hingoli Lok Sabha constituency in the 2014 general election by defeating then Shiv Sena leader Subhash Wankhede in a hotly contested battle.

Maharashtra Revenue Minister and senior Congressman Balasaheb Thorat said while there had been a discussion on whether or not to move Mr. Satav for treatment to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, no decision has yet been taken on that count.

Party sources said Rahul Gandhi had earlier spoken with doctors at Jehangir Hospital and was personally monitoring Mr. Satav’s condition.

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