Update on Jayalalithaa’s health: Stalin visits hospital, CM undergoes lung decongestion treatment

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Chennai, Oct 9: For the time being politics can take a backseat, as arch rival and DMK leader MK Stalin visited Apollo Hospital in Chennai to enquire about Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's health condition.

DMK treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly visited the hospital and talked to the doctors there regarding Jayalalithaa's condition on Saturday.

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"We have been told that her condition is improving. Our wishes on behalf of the DMK and our party chief Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) for a speedy recovery and resumption of her work," he told reporters after the visit to the hospital.

Accompanied by party colleagues, including Deputy Leader of Opposition in Assembly Duraimurugan and former minister K Ponmudi, Mr Stalin also called on Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar at the hospital and enquired about the health of the chief minister.

Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised last month, is undergoing lung decongestion as well as other "comprehensive measures" and continues to be under constant monitoring, Apollo Hospital said.

"The honourable Chief Minister continues to be under constant monitoring by the intensivists and consultants in the panel (of specialists)," it said.

The hospital's chief operating officer Subbiah Viswanathan said in a short press release that respiratory support "is being closely watched and adjusted."

"Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way," he said.

The 68-year-old chief minister was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for "fever and dehydration". In subsequent health bulletins, the hospital said Jayalalithaa was "responding well to the treatment" but has been advised "a few more days" under observation.

On Thursday, Apollo said Ms Jayalalithaa "continues to improve, but requires a longer stay at the hospital".

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