Prime minister Narendra Modi talked to legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, who has been suffering from health concerns for some time. The 91-year-old contracted the covid-19 virus on 19th May and was shifted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on 24th May.
His condition was stable after he was admitted to ICU, and was discharged later at the request of his family. Milkha’s wife, Nirmal Kaur was also shifted to ICU due to increasing requirements of oxygen.
On Thursday afternoon, however, his situation again deteriorated and he was admitted to Nehru Hospital Extension at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
“Flying Sikh Milkha Singh has been admitted in ICU in Covid Hospital of PGIMER at 3.35 pm. today due to dipping levels of oxygen. He has been kept under observation and is stable now,” said Prof Ashok Kumar, Official Spokesperson, PGIMER.
The Prime Minister then contacted Milkha Singh on Friday to wish him a speedy recovery and said that he hopes Milkha will be there to support the Indian athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
Jeev Milkha Singh, Milkha Singh’s son, wrote on Twitter: “Many thanks to Prime Minister @narendramodi for taking time out from his busy schedule and call dad to find out about his health. Dad had to be shifted back to the hospital yesterday. He is stable. And once again, thank you also to everyone who has kept him in their thoughts.”
Popularly known as the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh has represented India in three Olympics and won two gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.