Mumbai, March 7: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar left for the United States (US) for his medical treatment in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Before leaving for America, Parrikar was undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai since Monday.
He flew to the US from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. The decision to go abroad for medical treatment was taken after doctors at the Mumbai hospital advised him to do so.
"Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. As advised by doctors at Lilavati Hospital, Parrikar is leaving for USA for further treatment," tweeted ANI.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. As advised by doctors at Lilavati Hospital, Parrikar is leaving for USA for further treatment. pic.twitter.com/964j0HMkyW— ANI (@ANI) March 6, 2018
Personal Secretary (PS) to Parrikar, Rupesh Kamat, told ANI, "As advised by the doctors at Lilavati hospital in Mumbai, the CM is leaving tonight to the US for further treatment."
Earlier, the CM had thanked the people of his state for their prayers in a video message. In the video message, Parrikar had informed that he might have to go abroad for treatment.
"I thank all Goans. For the last 15 days you prayed for me and because of your blessings I recovered and I am heading to Mumbai. If doctors advise then I may go abroad for a few days. I hope your blessings will continue and you allow me a few holidays," Parrikar said.
#WATCH: Goa CM speaks on his health, says, 'I thank all Goans. For last 15 days, you prayed for me & because of your blessings, I recovered & I'm heading to Mumbai, if doctors advise, then I may go abroad for few days. I hope your blessings continue & you allow me a few holidays' pic.twitter.com/jDInduDH4M— ANI (@ANI) March 5, 2018
On Tuesday, he wrote a letter to state governor Mridula Sinha informing her that he would be going abroad for further treatment. Parrikar, 62, was flown to Mumbai and admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on Monday evening for a check-up.
In the letter, Parrikar also informed the governor about the interim arrangement of a Cabinet advisory committee to guide the state administration. The letter says that he would be chairing the meeting of the council of ministers, whenever it is held, through video conferencing from abroad.
"I have been also advised by the expert team of doctors in Goa as well as in Mumbai and subsequent consultation with doctors abroad to travel overseas for a specialised treatment of my medical condition," reads the letter.
Since February, the Goa CM has been unwell. Parrikar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 and discharged on February 22. On the same day he returned to Goa and presented the state budget in the Assembly, but the session was truncated to only four days owing to his illness.
He was later admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital after he suffered from dehydration.