NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is "sick requiring oxygen therapy" and his condition is being closely monitored by a team of experts, a statement by New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he is admitted, said on Wednesday.

"Sayeed, who is admitted in AB 8 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since December 24, is sick, requiring oxygen therapy but stable," according to AIIMS authorities.

"He is conscious, alert and is taking orally. He continues to be on antibiotics, antifungal drugs and supportive therapy and is being closely monitored by a team of experts," a statement issued by the hospital said.

79-year-old Sayeed was flown to Delhi in a state aircraft on December 24 and admitted in a private ward in AIIMS with complaints of fever and chest pain.Home minister Rajnath Singh had on Tuesday visited him to enquire about his health and wished him speedy recovery.

The Peoples Democratic Party veteran had taken over as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister of the first ever PDP-BJP alliance government in March this year.

Courtesy Times of India