Modi offers help to fix up ailing Oli

3 December 2019 I Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly written to his Nepalese counterpart, KP Sharma Oli, offering “assistance for further medical attention and advice”.

Mr Oli has had ongoing issues with his renal health, with one of his kidneys transplanted at New Delhi’s Apollo Hospital back in 2007. His appendectomy on 26 November and the ensuing infection caused concern among his fellow citizens.

However, the 67-year-old stunned everyone, as he is wont to do, when on Monday he suddenly appeared on his Twitter handle to tell his well-wishers he was doing just fine following his latest procedure.

According to The Wire, Mr Modi sent his letter to the Nepalese prime minister last Saturday through the Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

“As a close friend of Nepal, PM Modi has offered on behalf of the government and people of India all possible help and assistance for further medical attention and advice,” the website cited its sources within the Indian establishment.

In addition to his treatment at the Indian hospital in the past, Mr Oli has more recently been visiting Singapore to seek assistance on his renal health. 

Social media comments do tell about Nepalese people’s amazement at their prime minister’s determination to fight back all sorts of medical challenges life throws at him.

Every time there is concern following his sickness, he emerges from the hospital with bigger smiles and a ready cache of humour, jokes and adages – something Nepalese people have grown to enjoy about the communist leader.

It is noteworthy that China too had offered similar help to PM Oli, apparently.

It is unclear if the Nepal PM will take up either of the offers from his giant neighbours. For now, Nepalese doctors seem to be in reliable control of their prime minister’s health and he on his part, appears to be “fighting fit” in his fancy shoes at the Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre.

In his video, PM Oli told his fellow citizens that he was fit enough after the “major operation” to talk to his friends and browse media reports. He also said that he watched the entire live broadcast of the South Asian Games’ inaugural ceremony in Kathmandu last Sunday. “My health is recovering rather well,” he said.

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