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Modi has swine flu

Manas Dasgupta

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is suffering from swine flu.

Mr. Modi, who led a high-level business delegation from the State to Russia, tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus, a medical bulletin issued by the doctors attending on him, said.

The Chief Minister has been quarantined in his official residence here, and a five-member team of doctors — Atul Patel, R.K. Patel, Kamlesh Upadhyaya, Ashaben Shah and Paresh Vora — is attending on him round-the-clock.

He has been advised complete rest for a week and all his official engagements for the period have been cancelled.

Mr. Modi had led a business delegation to Moscow to attend the fourth international energy week, corresponding with the ninth Russian oil and gas week conference. After a three-day stint there, the delegation returned here on Wednesday night.

Even though Mr. Modi was suffering from cold, cough and fever, he attended his office in the State secretariat, presided over a Cabinet meeting and completed all his engagements during the day and received visitors in the evening. But as the discomfiture increased, he sought medical assistance and insisted that the doctors carry out a swine flu test.

The test results received on Friday were positive for H1N1 and Mr. Modi was immediately quarantined. His official engagements, which were initially cancelled for two days due to his indisposition, were further cancelled for the entire week.

Muslims pray for Modi

As the news about his illness spread, special prayer meetings, yagnas and other religious ceremonies were organised by his supporters across the State, wishing him a speedy recovery. The Muslims prayed for his long life at the Friday prayer meeting in Jumma Masjid in Ahmedabad and in other parts of the State.

Another medical bulletin issued in the evening said Mr. Modi was responding to treatment and his fever was under control. He was kept on a liquid diet the entire day and there was “no cause for any concern for his health.”

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