Complications reportedly developed after the chief minister’s left knee was drained of fluid at SSKM Hospital last month. After doing a “fluid aspiration” he suffered an infection. According to hospital sources, the procedure is a method of removing fluid accumulated inside the body with the help of a syringe. The chief minister had said on Wednesday that he had become “septic” due to wrong treatment.
After returning from Spain and UAE in September, the Chief Minister visited SSKM Hospital, the state’s premier government-run healthcare institution. Then the Chief Minister said, “I became septic due to wrong treatment. As the saline channel is made in the hand, I was in that condition for seven days. I couldn’t get up.”
According to SSKM sources, the chief minister’s infection worsened after draining fluid from his knee. The total leukocyte count is elevated, well above the normal range of 4,000 to 11,000 per cubic mm. He was given intravenous drugs to control sepsis. According to sources, the doctors of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of SSKM extracted this fluid.
Mamata reportedly last visited SSKM on September 24 for treatment of an injury to her left knee. Mamata was injured during a tour to Spain in September. He had earlier undergone microsurgery at SSKM to reduce pain in his left knee after an injury sustained while disembarking from a helicopter following an emergency landing near Siliguri.
State health secretary Narayan Swarup Nigam declined to comment when asked whether the health department would investigate the chief minister’s complaint. He told ‘Bangla.Ajatak.in’, ‘Heard the matter. I see what can be done. But for now I have nothing to say about it.’