Nawaz’s treatment possible in Pakistan, says medical board head

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Dr Mehmood Ayaz, the head of the medical board formed to examine Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday said that the former premier’s illness can be treated in Pakistan.

While speaking to media in Lahore, he said that the PML-N supremo is suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and issues related to the blood arteries. The medical examination had been carried out in detail by heads of different medical departments, he added. However, he said, as per the privacy law, he could not share the details of the former premier’s medical reports but the Punjab Home Department had been recommended to shift Nawaz to a cardiac hospital for further examination.

Earlier, PML-N leader and Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz also visited the Services Hospital to inquire after the health of her father.

On Monday, Punjab Information Fayazul Hasan Chohan claimed that incarcerated former premier wanted to go London for medical treatment. “Nawaz Sharif wants to go to London for treatment, although his medical reports are normal,” the minister remarked during an event.

On February 3, ex-PM’s medical test results had shown kidney stones, and doctors had recommended a routine surgery to get rid of them. On February 2, Nawaz was shifted to the Services Hospital from the Kot Lakhpath Jail after approval given by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on the recommendation of the medical board constituted to monitor Nawaz’s health. Nawaz underwent multiple medical tests, including CT scan and ultrasound, at the hospital whereas a medical board also examined his medical reports. However, strict security arrangements were also made whereas additional police were also deployed outside the hospital.

Previously, two special medical boards of the Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, and the PIC, Lahore, examined Nawaz at the jail. The AIMC/Jinnah Hospital board had recommended that Nawaz should be shifted to hospital for “optimal treatment”. However, the government, instead, had opted for the constitution of the third board, comprising army doctors. The board after a thorough examination had recommended the government to shift Nawaz to the hospital. Following the examination, the board had sent the report to the Home Department, urging the Punjab government to shift the ex-PM to a hospital so he could avail better health facilities.

The board, which was formed on January 25 by the Punjab government, comprises cardiac experts from Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC). The six-member special medical board includes Dr Hamid Sharif Khan, Dr Muhammad Talha Bin Nazir, Dr Shahid Hameed, Dr Sajad Ahmed, Brigadier Abdul Hameed Siddiqui and Brigadier Azmat Hayat.