Jan 062015

Doctors at the Philippine General Hospital have “stabilized” former University of the Philippines president Francisco Nemenzo, who is being treated for bacterial meningitis.

PGH information officer Abner Henson told GMA News Online in a phone interview that Nemenzo is still confined in one of the rooms of the PGH intensive care unit, where his leading attending physician said Nemenzo is in “critical and guarded” condition.

In a medical bulletin posted on the website of UP Diliman’s Department of Political Science, where Nemenzo is professor emeritus, Dr. Agnes D. Mejia said “the next few days or weeks are crucial” for the 18th UP president.

Dr. Mejia said Nemenzo “is being given antibiotics, insulin, intravenous fluids, anti- convulsants and other supportive treatment including tube feeding and ventilator support.”

Mejia, who is dean of the UP College of Medicine, also noted that because Nemenzo “is a diabetic and elderly, his immune system is weakened; thus, all appropriate interventions to help him fight the infection are being applied.”

Only immediate members of his family are being allowed to visit Nemenzo at this time.

Nemenzo was UP president from 1999 to 2005 and before that he also served as faculty regent, chancellor of UP Visayas, and dean of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Sciences. — ELR, GMA News

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