Ajit Jogi very critical, ‘audio therapy’ begins

Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s condition is “very critical” and he continues to be on a ventilator support, doctors said on Tuesday.

With Jogi’s neurological activities “almost nil” and he still in coma, doctors have started “audio therapy” by making him listen to his favourite songs on earphones.

Jogi was admitted to the Shree Narayana Hospital on May 9 after he suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest. As per doctors, a sweet tamarind seed had got stuck in Jogi’s windpipe.

“The condition of Jogi remains very critical and he is still in coma,” Dr Sunil Khemka, Medical Director of the hospital, told reporters.

“His neurological activities are almost nil. Doctors are making all efforts to revive his brain activity. We have started giving him ‘audio therapy’ by making him listen to his favourite songs through earphones but so far our efforts have yielded no success,” he said.

The functioning of Jogi’s heart was under control and so were his blood pressure and urine output, he added.

Meanwhile, the nursing staff at the hospital prayed for Jogi’s speedy recovery as part of the International Nurses Day on Tuesday, Dr Khemka said.

A bureaucrat-turned politician, Jogi had served as the first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh from November 2000 to November 2003 heading a Congress government after the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

Jogi, the incumbent MLA from Marwahi seat, parted ways with the Congress in 2016 and formed his outfit Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J).