Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad has suffered half-a-dozen infections in the last few months because of age and health-related ailments, doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences said.
Dr Umesh Prasad, who treats him, said that the RJD leader suffered from acute pain because of a festering boil in his leg. He was provided with anti-biotic medicines, following which his condition improved.
The doctor said that Prasad was hypertensive and diabetic, and had undergone valve replacement surgery at Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai for cardiac problems. Prasad was also suffering from kidney and liver ailments, he said.
“Prasad’s health ailments are compounded because of old age. His immune system has weakened over a period of time. This has resulted in repeated infections,” Dr Prasad said.
Prasad’s pulse rate, blood sugar and blood pressure were within the normal range, he said.
Lalu, who has been convicted in three separate fodder scam cases since December 23, 2017, surrendered before a court in the state capital on August 30, 2018, after his provisional bail in a fodder scam case ended. Later Birsa Munda Central Jail authorities shifted him to RIMS.
On August 25, 2018, Jharkhand high court had rejected Lalu Prasad’s plea for extending the bail to another three months. The court had directed him to surrender, saying his health condition had improved.