ISLAMABAD : President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Javaid Hashmi was admitted at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) with complaints of respiratory infection, flu and dehydration. He was dehydrated due to poor intake of water and exhaustion, as the sit-in of PTI entered its 11th day on Monday. He underwent various tests that included ECG. The reports were all normal and his condition was stable, said Professor Javed Akram, vice chancellor of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University.

“He will take sometime to recover. He will be discharged after two or three days but he has been advised to take rest at least for a week,” he added.

Since the start of the sit-in about 210 patients including policemen have been treated at Pims for diarrhoea, flu, fever, soar throat, fatigue and dehydration, he informed. Likewise, around 20 protesters and 1,700 policemen have been treated for the same diseases at Polyclinic Hospital, according to hospital officials.

Health experts have warned outbreak of various water and mosquito-borne diseases including typhoid, diarrhoea, cholera, hepatitis A and E, dysentery and psychological trauma at the sit-in site and adjoining areas due to over crowding and unhygienic living conditions.