Prime Minister KP Oli is going through his seventh plasmapheresis today in the National University Hospital in Singapore, and his health is said to be improving. After facing problems in his transplanted kidney, the PM has been under treatment in Singapore since 22 Aug. But even as the country’s chief executive battles a serious health condition, official government and party channels have released very little information about the state of his health.
On 26 August, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal informed a meeting of the party’s central secretariat about the state of the Prime Minister’s health. According to Dahal, PM Oli would be undergoing a medical procedure called plasmapheresis seven times. Quoting Dahal, a top leader told Himal Media “If the results of plasmapheresis are good, the PM will stay in Singapore for another week. If the results are not so good, then further decisions will be taken based on doctors’ suggestions.”
On 22 August, PM Oli had departed for the National University Hospital in Singapore with his wife Radhika Shakya, Chief Political Advisor Bishnu Rimal, Personal Physician Dr Divya Singh Shah and Personal Assistant Rajesh Bajracharya. He had confidently declared that he would be back to celebrate Constitution Day on 20 September, and lashed out his detractors, saying he would be in politics for 15 more years.
After both of his kidneys failed, PM Oli had had one kidney transplanted in India’s Apollo Hospital in 2007. Kidneys have been known to work for 8-20 years after transplant, but antibodies can reject a transplanted kidney at any time, causing it to fail. Plasmapheresis is done to remove those antibodies, but if the procedure is unsuccessful then the kidneys may still fail.