Milkha Singh ‘more stable, better’; gets call from Prime Minister Modi

Milkha Singh was admitted to the PGIMER on Thursday following a dip in oxygen saturation. The 91-year-old was discharged from a private hospital on Sunday last after recovering from Covid-19.

Milkha Singh is “more stable and better” after being hospitalised again following a dip in his oxygen saturation. The 82-year-old legendary athlete also spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had called to enquire about his health.

Milkha Singh had to be hospitalised again on Thursday after his Oxygen saturation had dipped. He along with wife Nirmal Kaur was first admitted to a Chandigarh hospital in the last week of May.

The celebrity couple had tested positive for Covid-19. The four-time Asian Games gold medallist was discharged on Sunday last following a significant improvement in his health condition. But his wife continued to be in the ICU of the Fortis Hospital.


Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where Milkha is admitted, in a statement has said that the nonagenarian is better than Thursday when he was brought to the hospital with dipping levels of oxygen, according to a PTI report.

“On the basis of his medical parameters today, his condition has been observed better and more stable than yesterday,” PGIMER official spokesperson Prof Ashok Kumar, said.

A team of three doctors is monitoring Milkha Singh.

Milkha Singh was discharged from a private hospital in Mohali on Sunday last where he received treatment for the infection.

He, however, continued to be on oxygen support at home also.


Son Jeev Milkha Singh also said that his father was stable and thanked the PM for calling his father. “Many thanks to Prime Minister@narendramodi for taking time out of his busy schedule and call dad to find out about his health,” Jeev said in a tweet.

Modi spoke to Milkha on Friday and expressed hope that the iconic former athlete will be back soon to “bless and inspire athletes, who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics.”

Jeev had reached Chandigarh from Dubai on May 22. His elder sister, Mona Milkha Singh, who is a physician in the United States, has also flown in to Chandigarh.