April 16, 2012, KATHMANDU – Former Minister for Peace and UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Janardan Sharma “Prabhakar”, who is suffering from viral encephalitis, has been airlifted to New Delhi for treatment on Monday afternoon.
An air ambulance arrived here in the Tribhuvan International Airport from New Delhi and flew with Sharma after 4 pm this afternoon.He has been admitted to the Gurgaon-based Medanta Medicity this evening.
Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Peace Minister Satya Pahadi had reached the airport to see off Sharma.
After suffering from high fever for a couple of days, Sharma was rushed to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on Saturday, his personal aide told THT Online. He received treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital since then.
Dr. Keshav Singh, the TUTH director, said that Sharma’s condition is currently stable. According to him, the Maoist leader has contracted viral encephalitis. “But it is difficult to diagnose whether it is Japanese encephalitis,” he said.
Viral encephalitis is a condition in which brain is inflamed due to an infection with a virus. Its symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, memory loss and unconsciousness among others.
Sharma is being taken to India on the willingness of his family, according to Dr. Singh.
According to sources close to him, Sharma had briefly lost his consciousness yesterday but he could take some semi-solid food today.
Maoist leaders and his relatives visited the TUTH to acquire information about Sharma.
It has been learn that three people including his wife and brother are accompanying the Maoist leader to India.
Sharma, the then deputy chief of Maoist People’s Liberation Army, was elected in the Constituent Assembly from Rukum Constituency no. 2. He served as the peace minister in the government led by Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
There are thousands of Nepalese dies every year from the similar disease in Nepal which government have failed to provide vaccine and proper medication to the public.