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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley being treated for kidney related problems and infections

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley being treated for kidney related problems and infections

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley confirmed on Thursday that he is suffering from kidney-related problems and is being treated for the same. In a short statement on Twitter, the finance minister said, "I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted". He said, "I am therefore now working from a controlled environment at home".

Jaitley, who is reportedly about to move to the Cardio-Neuro Tower at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has nearly withdrawn from all official works and presently working from home.

The Minister, however, has not yet been hospitalized but has been advised to avoid going out in public.

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AIIMS authorities officially refused to share or confirm details of the diagnosis or future treatment plan, Sources in the premier medical institute said that he had come to the facility today to prepare for a possible kidney transplant.

He has not been attending office since Monday but he is clearing files from his residence, sources said.

He added that Jaitley may have to stay in the hospital for 10-15 days after the surgery as is the norm for this treatment.

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It is believed Jaitley is so unwell that his treating doctors did now allow him to take oath of office at the Rajya Sabha. NDTV in a reports mentioned that 55 members of the total 58, who have either been newly-elected or re-elected, took the oath. He underwent the surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

The said surgery was performed at Max hospital but was later shifted to AIIMS due to complications. The centre is housed in a separate building and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Jaitley is a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, and has been driving economic reforms even in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)'s final year in office before the 2019 national election.

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