‘Former minister Ajit Panja on life-support system’

November 13th, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 13 (IANS) Former union minister and Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Panja, who was suffering from cancer, has been “put on life-support system” after his health condition worsened, hospital officials said here Thursday.The 72-year old politician, who was suffering from oral cancer, was admitted to Peerless Hospital on the outskirts of Kolkata Oct 25 due to his deteriorating health.

“Panja’s health conditioned worsened on Wednesday night and we immediately shifted him to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). He has been put on life-support system and a team of specialised doctors is constantly monitoring him,” hospital spokesperson S. Mitra told reporters here.

Mitra said Panja’s health condition was showing no sign of progress.

“We are trying our very best. But even with all the medication and highest concentration of oxygen, Panja’s condition is showing no sign of improving since the cancer has spread to other organs of his body,” said Mitra.

Panja was a member of the West Bengal assembly. He became a member of the Lok Sabha on a Congress nomination in 1984. He joined the Trinamool Congress in 2001.

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