Chennai | Amidst persisting mystery over the health condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor P. Sadasivam on Monday visited Apollo Hospital, Chennai, where she has been admitted. They were reportedly denied permission to see Jayalalitha, but were briefed on her health condition by the doctors. Her health condition is satisfactory and is expected to leave the hospital soon, Pinarayi Vijayan said.
Vijayan, accompanied by Sathasivam, held discussions with hospital CMD Prathap Reddy.
“We met Dr Prathap Reddy and the other doctors providing treatment to the chief minister. The specialists informed us that she was responding well to the treatment,” Sathasivam told reporters.
“Within a short period, she is likely to be discharged and it is possible for her to take charge of the administration. We also pray for her speedy recovery,” he said.
Vijayan said the two had come to “convey the collective good wishes of the people of Kerala”.
The hospital, where the AIADMK general secretary was admitted on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, said she was “constantly being monitored”.
“Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on October 9 and 10 and examined Honourable Chief Minister,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Subbiah Viswanathan, said in a release.
Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel which had examined Jayalalithaa last week, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister, the release said.
Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel”, it added.
Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, the release said.
Earlier, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital yesterday, described Jayalalithaa as a “fighter” and expressed confidence that she would continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.
“I am confident that she has a strong willpower and she is always a fighter. I am confident that she will fight back, become normal and continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu and that is my wish,” he told reporters after making a “courtesy call” on Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan.
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the hospital and quoted the doctors as saying that Jayalalithaa “was recovering”.
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