Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who has been admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai for more than two weeks now, is "making gradual progress" as her condition continues to improve, according to a statement released by the hospital authorities on Thursday.
A statement from Apollo hospitals, released officially by Chief Operating Officer Subbiah Viswanathan, on Thursday evening said: "The comprehensive treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures, is being continued."
According to the statement, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief is "under observation of a panel of doctors consisting of intensivists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists and diabetologists. Detailed lab and radiology investigations are being continuously carried out by the panel of doctors."
Jayalalithaa's health has become a huge concern for a lot of people. Her supporters — both AIADMK activists and the masses — have been wishing her a speedy recovery. They can take solace from the fact that a team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), including Department of Pulmonary Medicine Professor Dr G Khilnani, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Professor Dr Anjan Trikha and Department of Cardiology Professor Dr Nitish Naik, have been examining her and reviewing the treatment she is being given.
The hospital statement said: "The expert team from AIIMS also examined the chief minister and concurred with the present line of treatment provided to her. The expert team will be available till October 7." It added: "Dr Richard John Beale, the international specialist and consultant who had earlier examined and evaluated the chief minister on September 30, examined her again today (October 6)."
Detailing the treatment Jayalalithaa was undergoing, the hospital said the regimen includes "continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supportive therapy."
It may be noted that the Madras High Court had recently asked the state government to provide updates on Jayalalithaa's health, amid rumours — possibly from detractors — that she had breathed her last.