PM returns home, will start working within a week (Third Lead)February 1st, 2009 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday returned home from the hospital where he had a coronary bypass surgery a week ago, as the Congress hoped he will lead the party in elections with renewed energy and vigour.Manmohan Singh, 76, was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here at 7.30 a.m. He has been advised to continue to increase his diet and step up his physical activities.
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said Manmohan Singh will start working from home within a week.
“He was cheerful and walking. He enquired about the activities happening. He is on his way to a speedy recovery. In a week’s time he will start working from home. The prime minister will take three weeks to come to office and work,” Ramadoss told reporters outside the AIIMS.
Congress spokesman and deputy home minister Shakeel Ahmed told IANS that the party is expecting that he will lead it in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“We welcome his return and hope he makes speedy recovery and resumes his duties soon. We hope that he will lead the party in elections with renewed energy and vigour,” Shakeel Ahmed told IANS.
Before leaving for his 7 Race Course Road residence along with his wife Gursharan Kaur and one of the daughters, the prime minister thanked all the doctors and staff who attended on him during the surgery and post-operation period. He waved at all from his car as he left the hospital.
Earlier, he underwent a bypass surgery in 1990 in Britain and an angioplasty in 2004.
Manmohan Singh was operated upon Jan 24 to remove five arterial blockages by an 11-member panel of doctors led by Ramakant Panda.
Panda in an interview to a news channel said the prime minister kept discussing about what was going in the country during his stay at the hospital.
“We have had a lot of conversations, he rarely asked about his health, most of the time he asked about the country. He asked only about what was happening in the country and the world and kept discussing about what was going on in the country,” Panda said.
“Normally a patient of re-do by-pass takes six weeks (to recover), but with the strong willpower he has, he should mostly recover in four weeks’ time,” he added.
Manmohan Singh has been reading newspapers, watched television and held discussions with some officers of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
According to the officials, Manmohan Singh would follow a normal diet and walking regime as prescribed by his doctors. A team of doctors will also monitor his health and progress at home.
“As he left, he appeared (to be) in good condition. He was walking, waving to everybody. Now he will be convalescing at home where he will also be given physiotherapy treatment,” Prime Minister’s media advisor Deepak Sandhu said.