MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continues to lose weight because of difficulty in swallowing food, her doctor at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) said.
"We reiterate that all available possible medical management has been rendered and we highly recommend that constant family bonding should be encouraged since it is still key to her overall wellness and treatment,” said Dr. Martha Nocum, medical team head and chief of VMMC's Medical Professional Staff.
She said her health has not shown any significant improvements.
In a medical report dated March 5, Nucum said Arroyo is suffering from esophageal stenosis, or the tightening of the esophagus, which contributes to “poor appetite.”
She said Arroyo is also complaining of “cervical radicular pain and low back pain.”
The former president’s MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) study shows she has multilevel spine compression and bone degeneration (osteoarthritis).
She is now getting twice weekly physiotherapy as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
However, these procedures can only bring temporary relief, Nucum said.
Arroyo is under hospital arrest for her alleged involvement in the plunder of P366 million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.
The Sandiganbayan earlier denied her petition for bail.