The former PM is currently admitted at HKL for the necessary examinations or tests
by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by AUFA MARDHIAH
HEALTH Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (picture) claimed that the statement made by former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s aide did not reflect the real situation.
“Najib was given a generic high blood pressure medication by Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), whose formula was the same as what the Pekan MP was consuming previously (bought from private hospital).
“Hence, the allegation that the drug is changed is not true. We gave the same (drug) but its generic — which is just as good, the content is the same as the original drug — this has been confirmed by Dr Rosaida (the doctor who treated Najib),” Khairy said during a press conference at Putrajaya this morning.
Yesterday, Najib’s special officer Mukhlis Maghribi said the former PM underwent a scope procedure last Saturday where a doctor discovered new stomach ulcers, an issue Najib had been struggling with for the past 15 years.
The change in medicine was what reportedly caused Najib’s blood pressure to surge, prompting the prosecution to request for a half-day hearing of his 1Malaysia Development Bhd trial yesterday so that he could be taken to hospital for checking.
Khairy also refuted the allegation that Najib was denied for his treatment at HKL last weekend.
“I asked about what happened last weekend — the professional opinion of all the experts who have treated Najib and have looked at his health condition is that his health condition is satisfactory to be sent back, there was no reason for him to stay in the hospital — this is the professional opinion of more than one expert and this matter has been communicated to his family members including Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor during two consultation meetings with Najib’s family.
“Today he was sent back to HKL. I don’t want any dispute regarding this matter where I have informed the deputy DG of Medicine Datuk Dr Asmayani Khalib to do all the necessary examinations or tests so there is no dispute about this matter. Once the report is complete, it will be submitted to Najib and his family, as well as court if needed so that there is no dispute,” Khairy said.
Khairy stressed that the Health Ministry (MoH) would provide the best treatment and health services for all prisoners, including Najib, as it is the MoH’s duty and responsibility to do so.
For now, Khairy said Najib is admitted to HKL as per the procedures for all prisoners where they would be referred to the government hospitals.
“I have been informed by the HKL director that Najib is in stable condition and that they will do another battery of tests,” Khairy added.