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Madras HC rejects plea seeking Jayalalithaa’s health condition to be made public

She has been in hospital for almost two weeks, and, as per hospital statement, she is said to be stable and recovering
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

As opposition parties demand updated information about the health of Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Traffic Ramaswamy seeking information about the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s health condition.

The court dismissed the case as one filed for seeking publicity.

Traffic Ramaswamy had filed the PIL seeking the real status of Jayalalithaa’s health amid  protest and rumours escalates surrounding the health condition of the Tamil Nadu leader.

For almost two weeks, the 68-year-old Chief Minister has been under treatment at an Apollo Hospital in Chennai. She was admitted at the private hospital n September 22 after fever and dehydration problems.

While Apollo Hospitals initially said Jayalalithaa was cured of fever, later it said she was being treated for infection. She was advised some more days’ stay in the hospital.

In a latest, a three-doctor team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, went to Chennai on Wednesday to assist the treatment of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Media reports said pulmonologist G.C. Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha from AIIMS would examine Jayalalithaa in the private hospital in Chennai.

However,  there is no official confirmation in the report as officials of Apollo Hospials and the state government were not available to comment.

Earlier before the AIIMS medical team, British doctor Richard Beale, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital, London, had examined CM Jayalalithaa. According to Apollo Hospitals, the treatment plan was based on detailed discussions with Beale.

The treatment plan included appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures presently being continued to treat the infection.

Recently, former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi urged the state government to immediately take steps to put an end to rumours surrounding her health status by releasing a photograph of the chief minister from the hospital.

The DMK chief told the state governor to ensure a transparent system to inform people about Jayalalithaa’s actual health status.

 

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