Senior Shia cleric and Islamic scholar Maulana Dr Kalbe Sadiq has been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his health deteriorated on Tuesday evening. Maulana was diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis, which had left him under critical care at Era’s Lucknow College of Medical Sciences. The 81-year-old tested negative for COVID-19.
“He had stopped taking food around a month back which caused him extreme weakness. Two weeks back, a food pipe was put in him for feeding. Immuno-compromised with cancer and at his age having pneumonia is very troublesome, but our team is doing the best possible,” said ELMC principal Dr MMA Faridi to Times of India.
According to media reports, Dr Kalbe Sadiq has been hospitalized since 2018. The cleric, who has always stressed communal amity and education, had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer three years ago and was operated upon in Delhi. However, his second surgery could not take place as he was extremely weak.