A team of three AIIMS doctors have flown to Chennai to assist with the treatment Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She has been in hospital for two weeks, and is said to be stable and recovering.
According to reports, pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, cardiologist Dr Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha will be assisting the medical team attending Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration and was recovering and responding well to treatment, the hospital’s latest health bulletin issued on Tuesday night said.
The secrecy maintained by the government over her health since she was admitted to the hospital has led to widespread speculations. Now, the Tamil Nadu government is under increasing pressure to share regular information on the Chief Minister’s health. On Thursday, the government was told by the Madras High Court that regular updates “will reduce the anxiety of people”.
The state government is yet to respond to the court directive. The high court’s order followed a PIL filed by social activist Traffic Ramaswamy on Monday that sought a clarification on the chief minister’s health, saying the public had a right to know.
The opposition DMK also raised questions about the lack of information on Jayalalithaa’s health. In addition to the bulletins being given out by the hospital, the DMK demanded visual proof of her recovery.