As speculations and rumours about the health of Tamil Nadu’s CM Jayalalithaa escalate, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, where she has been undergoing treatment.
According to a report in NDTV, Gandhi didn’t meet her, but only saw her from outside of the ward, according to the hospital sources. He enquired about the treatment being given to her.
S. Thirunavukkarasar, president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee TNCC(I), accompanied him to the hospital.
Speaking to reporters, Rahul Gandhi said he visited the hospital to extend his support to the Chief Minister who is under treatment in the hospital since September 22 for fever and dehydration.
“I came to extend my support to Ms. Jayalalithaa .She will be able to recover soon,” Mr. Gandhi said, reported The Hindu.
The Apollo Hospitals on Thursday had issued a detailed press release on the chief minister’s health status which informs that “present treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, Nebulization, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supportive therapy.”
Besides making brief mentions of providing respiratory support and a case of infection, the release mentioned about her history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in cold weather. She is making a gradual progress, the release mentioned.
London-based consultant, Richard John Beale, of London Bridge Hospital, who was called in by the Chennai Apollo hospital returned to the hospital again on Thursday and examined Ms. Jayalalithaa. “The consensus of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued, and she will require a longer stay in the hospital,” the release said.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the private hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration, the first press release of the hospital had said.
On Thursday, the hospital in a detailed statement said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health is improving since she was hospitalised last month but she needs more time in the hospital.