Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who has been on an indefinite fast since last Monday, was rushed to Lok Nayak hospital in the afternoon after he complained of pain in his abdomen.
Doctors said the pain was caused by high levels of ketone, a compound that is produced to burn fat to produce energy when carbohydrates (normal food) are not consumed.
Sisodia has been admitted to the hospital’s ICU and is on a bed next to Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain, who had also been fasting and had to be rushed to the hospital on Sunday night.
“Satyendar Jain had been admitted with a ketone level of 7 and Manish Sisodia with a 7.4,” said Dr J C Passey, medical director of Lok Nayak hospital, warning that these were “very high and the ministers should end their fast”.
The normal range of ketones in the body is between 0.6 and 1.5 mmol/L. A person with ketone levels between 1.5 and 3 mmol/L risks ketoacidosis (extreme and uncontrolled production of ketones) and serious complications that can be fatal too.
Both the ministers will remain in the intensive care unit and will be monitored closely by a team of doctors until their ketone levels come down.
The ministers were on strike with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the office of the Lieutenant General Anil Baijal, demanding the return of IAS officers boycotting state government work.
However, questioning their strike...