Ailing professor Saibaba being denied medicare in jail: Wife

The health of GN Saibaba, Delhi University professor who was sentenced to life for his alleged links with Maoists, is in a precarious condition, according to his wife Vasanta who visited him at the Na

Published: 06th April 2017 02:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2017 04:46 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The health of GN Saibaba, Delhi University professor who was sentenced to life for his alleged links with Maoists, is in a precarious condition, according to his wife Vasanta who visited him at the Nagpur Central Jail on Wednesday.
The scorching Nagpur heat is taking a toll on his condition, she said.  The professor, who is 90 per cent disabled, cannot survive without physiotherapy once in two days. In a first-person account, Vasanta alleged that the jail authorities were not providing him any medical support. Worse, a false and dubious medical report was prepared, she said.  

“The blood pressure of Sai is abnormal, but in the medical records it was being reported as normal. The medicines sent to him through advocates are being given to him only under emergency. Previous health problems like stones in the kidneys, chest pain, breathlessness have aggravated in addition to gall bladder and pancreatic pain. Due to prostate problem he is unable to pass urine.”

In the one month of his stay in the jail, Saibaba suffered pancreatic pain three times and has been advised by Rockland Hospital for review of his pancreatic problem and has also been suggested a new course of medicines. But no such review has been done in the jail, Vasanta’s note says.

“He is supposed to take two tablets a day  for his heart problem and another for his pancreatic pain, but both are not being administered to him. He is also unable to consume the jail food. News items of his interest are being censored and his letters about his health condition are being struck off and letters to him are not being delivered.”  
She also alleged that the state, with its indifferent attitude, was pushing for a harsher punishment to the professor.

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