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Sasikala takes over Amma’s mantle, nominated gen secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>VK Sasikala, who was denied a party post all along by Jayalalithaa, was on Thursday unanimously nominated as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary in the name of the departed Amma.Her nomination will be followed by a formal election at a general council (GC), but the die has been cast. Party seniors do not expect any other nomination for the post.The general council, which met at Vanagaram in suburban Chennai, was attended by over members, and nominated Sasikala as the interim leader till she is formally elected.Sasikala, as was expected, did not attend the meeting. Chief minister O Panneerselvam, who, along with senior leaders handed over the resolution to Sasikala, said she had accepted the request of the party.The council resolved that Jayalalithaa should be given the Bharat Ratna, the Magsaysay Award, and that her statue should be unveiled in Parliament. However, the focus was not on Jayalalithaa but her aide, Sasikala.Party presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan and former minister C Ponnaiyan were among those who spoke briefly on the resolutions. Ponnaiyan said there will be no contest for the post of general secretary.The elevation of Sasikala has come as a well-orchestrated puppet show, with her family members pulling all the strings in her favour. The Poes Garden will continue to be a power centre in Tamil Nadu, Amma or no Amma.At the moment, Sasikala is sitting pretty, having assumed all the powers of the general secretary. The next few steps would now be easier for her now that she is in full control of the party apparatus.With all district units, ministers and MLAs supporting her election, it is clear that her writ will run.However, on the day of her elevation, a shocker came from the Madras High Court, as a Bench observed that there were many unanswered questions surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa, which was a “mystery”. “The state government has failed to clear the doubts even after her death. Should her body be exhumed to know the truth?” they asked.Justice S Vaidyanathan and V Parthiban were hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition seeking the appointment of a commission comprising three retired Supreme Court (SC) judges to probe into the “mysterious” death of Jayalalithaa.The Bench ordered notice to the Centre, the Prime minister’s Office and the Tamil Nadu government, and censured the Union government for not revealing any information on the ”mystery” surrounding her death.”Representatives of the central government visited the hospital. Counsel for the Union government claims to know the details of the incidents. But still the authorities have not conveyed or brought out anything to the people, for reasons best known to them,” the petition of PA Stalin, a primary member of the AIADMK, said.He referred to the precedent of the Calcutta High Court in 1999, directing the constitution of a one-man commission of a retired apex court judge to probe into the death of Netaji Subhash ChandraBose.Stalin also wanted the court to pass interim order to the state authorities and the Apollo Hospitals calling for all official and other relevant records and documents in connection with the death.The judges referred to doubts mentioned in the media over the death of Jayalalithaa.”After the demise, everybody has a right to question. I personally have a doubt,” Justice Vaidyalingam said, adding, “One day it was told that she is walking, another day you said that she will come out and suddenly what happened. Even with regard to the health of late Chief Minister MGR, a video was released,” Justice Vaidyanathan said.When a special mention was made by senior counsel K M Vijayan, advocate general Muthukumaraswamy said there was no mystery in the death. The Bench referred the PIL to the Chief Justice to list the plea in an appropriate Bench.On a day when Sasikala assumed control of the party, the observations of the bench must have come as a shock to the Sasikala family.

Expelled AIADMK MP moves SC for CBI probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

Sun, 18 Dec 2016-07:00pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa has moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe or a judicial investigation by an apex court judge into the death of J Jayalalithaa.In her petition, Pushpa has alleged that Jayalalithaa’s death was “suspicious” as her actual medical condition was not disclosed, no one was allowed to visit her, her funeral photographs showed embalming marks and everything from her hospitalisation to her death “was kept under wraps”. The Rajya Sabha MP has sought directions to the Centre, the Tamil Nadu government and Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, to disclose details of her health report and treatment in a sealed cover to the apex court.A similar plea was filed this week in the apex court by Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi claiming that doubts have been raised over the circumstances of the AIADMK leader’s death and her medical reports needed to be examined by experts.

Madras HC adjourns hearing in Jayalalithaa’s ‘forged signature’ against Ponnaiyan, Apollo Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court adjourned hearing on a PIL on Friday, which sought a direction to police to register a case against AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan and Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals here in connection with a press statement released on behalf of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, alleging that her signature was forged.The PIL was filed by activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy. When it came up, Fathima, said to be a student of Ramaswamy, appeared before the court and said due to some illness he was unable to be present and she was representing him. The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar, observed that it cannot entertain any arguments put forth by the student of the petitioner since the PIL is filed by ‘party-in-person’. It then adjourned the matter to January 9.In his complaint to police, Ramaswamy had stated that a press report released on November 13, in the name of Jayalalithaa by AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan carried no signature of the late leader. He further alleged that in another press release issued later, Jayalalithaa’s signature varied raising doubts.Ramaswamy also claimed that the signature of the AIADMK supremo was forged by someone and wanted police to send the press release for forensic analysis. As the press report was released with the help of the Hospital Management, the petitioner sought action against the Managing Director of the Hospital besides Ponnaiyan and others for allegedly committing forgery. The petitioner had moved the court claiming the authorities had failed to respond.

Petition filed in SC seeking Centre to probe Jaya death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to probe the death of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, contending that the circumstances leading to her demise were surrounded by mystery. The petition filed by Tamilnadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi claimed that doubts have been raised over the circumstances of AIADMK leader’s death and her medical reports needed to be examined by experts.The plea said the secrecy maintained with regard to her treatment and death is “very suspicious” and raised serious questions among all sections.It sought a direction to the government to “investigate the allegations raised by the relatives, opposition party, eminent person on mysterious death of Jayalalithaa” who died on the night of December 5.The petition also sought court’s direction to authorities concerned to disclose the health report and details of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa.It said during her hospitalization, several decisions were taken by the government which may have serious consequences on governance, public at large and on exchequer.The petition sought direction to the Centre, Tamil Nadu government and Apollo Hospitals to disclose the health report and treatment details and submit it to the apex court in sealed cover.The plea also sought direction to protect the properties of Jayalalithaa across the country till the apex court decides the petition and delivers judgment in the disproportionate assets case against her.

Watch | Live streaming of J Jayalalithaa’s funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 at 11.30 PM in Apollo Hospital, Chennai will be cremated with full state honours at Marina Beach on Tuesday (December 6) at 4:30 PM.The funeral will be attended by the nation’s political top brass and people from all across the nation.​Centre has declared one day state mourning and the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from Tuesday morning to mourn the death of the beloved six-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for educational institutions in the state.Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, was battling for life since last 75 days.The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
ALSO READ Timeline: A chronicle of J Jayalalithaa’s life(With agency inputs)The live streaming of her funeral can be seen here:
ALSO READ All you need to know about J Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa dead: Funeral at 4.30 pm on Chennai’s Marina Beach with full state honours

Things progressed pretty fast after 12.15 am on Tuesday when Apollo Hospitals confirmed the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (her name is sometimes spelled Jayalalitha).

One of India’s most charismatic political leaders, Jayalalithaa breathed her last after a bitter 74-day battle for life, ending an era in Tamil Nadu politics and plunging the state in deep grief. She was 68. A spinster, Jayalalithaa died after she suffered a cardiac arrest that derailed the halting progress she had been making on the health front.

“It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 pm,” the hospital said in a statement. As Jayalalithaa’s death became known, a loud wail rent the air outside the Apollo hospital where thousands had gathered since her cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, hoping against hope that she would survive. Two hours after the announcement of her death, in a swift political transition, her loyalist O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.

All these administrative decisions aside, the Tamil Nadu government announced seven-day mourning period in the state and also said that schools and colleges will be shut for the next three days. It was also decided that Jayalalithaa will be laid to rest next to her mentor MG Ramachandran in Chennai’s Marina Beach.

Here is how the Tamil Nadu government has planned Jayalalithaa’s funeral.

Will be laid to rest next to MGR

Probably one man who was responsible and highly-instrumental in Jayalalithaa’s success in politics was actor, filmmaker and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran or lovingly referred to as MGR. Thrice elected as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR was a maverick and helped Jayalalithaa create her political base. Therefore, it came as no surprise when AIADMK announced that the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will be laid to rest next to MGR at the Marina Beach.

Where and when

After AIADMK cadre brought Jayalalithaa’s body to her Chennai residence (in Poes Garden), the party announced that the funeral will take place at 4.30 pm at Marina Beach with full state honours. The coffin was soon taken to Rajaji Hall, in the heart of Chennai off arterial Anna Salai, where the public paid their last respects to their favourite leader. Four armymen covered her body with the Tricolour at Rajaji Hall.

This screengrab from Google Maps show the distance from Rajaji Hall, where Jayalalithaa's body has kept right now, till Marina Beach where she will be buried.

This screengrab from Google Maps show the distance from Rajaji Hall, where Jayalalithaa’s body has kept right now, till Marina Beach where she will be buried.

Security at Marina

Sources in Chennai told Firstpost that Kamarajar Salai or the road leading up to the MGR Memorial in Marina beach was heavily fortified with immensely tight security. “Several dignitaries, including the President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other senior politicians will be present at the funeral. Police has put Chennai under a lockdown and till now security is air-tight,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.

According to Pheba Mathews of The News Minute, who is in Chennai reporting on the issue, Jayalalithaa will be buried, and not cremated as per Brahmin traditions, which she was born into. Police has been deployed and the entire stretch of Marina Beach has been cordoned off. Firstpost also found out that public will be allowed to observe the funeral.

Full state honours to be accorded

The Tamil Nadu state government has announced that Jayalalithaa will be accorded full state honours at her funeral and a seven-day mourning period has also been announced.

Life virtually came to a grinding halt on Tuesday morning as entire Chennai had joined everyone else at the Rajaji Hall. Deserted roads, shops with downed shutter spoke louder than any slogan ever could Public transport services, including auto rickshaws, were off the roads while some private vehicles were seen plying in various parts of the city where police personnel kept a tight vigil at vantage points. A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city and several other parts of the state since Monday evening itself.

The Centre also declared one-day state mourning across the country in view of Jayalalithaa’s death and said the National Flag will fly at half-mast in all state capitals including Delhi. The central government also decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader. “The Government of India today announced with profound sorrow the death of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, yesterday at Chennai.

“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Centre has decided that the national flag will fly half-mast in the capitals of all States/UTs, including Delhi and throughout the State of Tamil Nadu,” an official statement said.

However, the focus on Tuesday turned to Rajaji Hall where Jayalalithaa’s body is lying in state to enable public pay their homage. With even tea stalls, which usually do a brisk business in the early hours, remaining closed, mobile tea vendors could be seen dispensing the brew at some places. Hotels remained closed too. Suburban train services, however, were being operated in the city, albeit with lower passenger rush. Long distance trains arriving at Chennai Central and Egmore stations were on time.

The state government has declared a holiday today for its offices and three-days for educational institutions as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 12:50 IST

India Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician

Thousands flock to pay their respects to J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most popular politicians.

J Jayalalithaa passes away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalihaa on Monday passed away at 11:30 pm, Apollo Hospitals announced in a late night statement.At an AIADMK MLAs’ meeting, O Paneerselvam. the No. 2 in the Cabinet and a Jayalalithaa loyalist, was selected as the leader of the legislative party, effectively paving the way for him to take over as the next CM. The passing of Jayalalithaa, one of the state’s tallest leaders — affectionately known as ‘Amma’ (mother) to the people of her state and beyond, and as Puratchi Thalaivi, or Revolutionary Leader, to her party workers — is almost certain to upend normal life in the state for the next few days, and political dynamics at the state as well as national level for some time to come.Jayalalithaa, who had been in hospital for almost 75 days, was said to be recovering from a pulmonary infection but suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, drawing hordes of supporters and party members outside the gates of the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.Matters were complicated through Monday, when rumours circulated — in local news channels that got picked up by some national media outlets, as well as on social media —that she had passed on, even as her party moved discreetly to find a successor. Schools closed early, shops downed shutters, and offices released their staff before time so that they could reach their homes before there was an announcement of her death. Thus, at around 5:45 pm, when several Tamil channels, competing with one another, flashed the news of Jayalalithaa’s death, there seemed to be an air of inevitability about it. After all, social media was agog with reports of the death, reactions and more. All of this occurred while a section of AIADMK supporters, especially women, looking strategically at TV cameras; wailing, they said they would not believe that she was no more. The ruling AIADMK headquarters added to the confusion with the party flag flying at half-mast. Within a few minutes, Apollo Hospitals acted with alacrity to deny the death, and said that life-saving treatment was very much on. This time, cadres danced with joy, and the party tried to undo the damage by raising the flag again, amidst cheers. There was widespread speculation that party MLAs would elect a new leader, perhaps the number two in the cabinet, O Panneerselvam. There was also speculation that Jayalalithaa’s close friend, Sasikala Natarajan, would be forced to accept a crucial party post in the post-Jaya scenario.Both meetings ended up looking a bit silly as Jayalalithaa, virtually written off late Monday afternoon, was showing some signs of recovery in the evening, hospital sources said.The hospital said in a bulletin that TV channels should not be believed, that reports of her death were baseless. Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration—it was far more serious than that—was later said to be on ventilator, receiving treatment from a specialist, Dr Rchard Beale from UK, besides the AIIMS team, and physiotherapy specialists from Singapore. Yet, the Sunday development of a heart attack at the hospital even as an AIADMK spokesman said she had fully recovered from the infection, side-effects and so on, and that she would soon return home, caused confusion.The hospital bulletin, for the first time in the last three months, admitted that she was in a critical condition. Dr Beale’s statement too that her condition was very grave added to the general scenario that she was rapidly sinking.A hospital tweet in the afternoon described her condition as very grave. This was enough for offices and shops to close early across the State, fearing an outbreak of rioting, once a formal announcement was made. The timing of the death reports was also ominous—at 5:45 pm., when the AIADMK legislature party was to begin its meeting at the party headquarters. This was when the party flew the party flag at half-mast.

Jayalalithaa’s death will leave void in politics: PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, saying that her death had left a huge void in Indian politics.

“Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics,” Modi tweeted.

Defining Jayalalithaa as a mass leader, Modi in another tweet wrote: “Jayalalithaaji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalized will always be a source of inspiration.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief,” he said.

“May the Almighty grant them the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaaji. May her soul rest in peace.”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died at Apollo hospital here on Monday night, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 68.

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 01:24 IST

Jayalalithaa health update: AIADMK says Amma responding to treatment, Chennai in shutdown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest and is in a critical condition, is “responding” to the treatment being given by experts, who include a four-member AIIMS team, her party AIADMK said today. “The AIIMS team… they have come and are treating (Jayalalithaa). She is responding to it,” a spokesperson from the ruling party said tonight without elaborating. The senior leader’s remarks came even as Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is admitted, said its specialists and those from AIIMS were constantly monitoring the 68-year-old chief minister very closely.The Centre had earlier in the day dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to the Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest late yesterday. The team of AIIMS doctors include pulmonologist Dr G C Khilnani, anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.A meeting of ruling AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu which was expected to discuss key issues in the wake of the “grave” health situation of party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, could not be held as planned and has since been postponed, party sources said tonight.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa health update: Tamil Nadu CM on ECMO – all you need to knowThe meeting was scheduled to be held at 6 PM today to chalk out various strategies in the wake of the deteriorating health of Jayalalithaa, but no deliberations took place despite the MLAs assembling at the AIADMK headquarters here.The sources could not state exactly when the meeting would take place again, but only reiterated that “it has been postponed.””It could be later in the night or even tomorrow… all we can confirm is that the meeting has been postponed,” they added.Earlier in the day also the MLAs had met at Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment and reportedly discussed the leadership issue, among other matters.According to doctors, the condition of Jayalalithaa, who suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday, is very “grave”.AIADMK has a total of 136 MLAs in the the 234-member House, including Jayalalithaa.Near total shutdown in Chennai A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city with shops and other establishments downing shutters and office goers returning home early as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health condition continued to remain critical today. The entire area in and around Apollo Hospitals, where she is being treated since September 22, resembled a fortress with traffic completely halted on the road leading to the hospital and a heavy police posse deployed.At the hospital hundreds of AIADMK party workers continued to stay put and raised slogans saying their beloved ‘Amma’ should recover. Some were seen protesting against some TV channels, which aired wrong news of Jayalalilthaa’s health condition earlier in the evening. Elsewhere in the city, a bandh like situation prevailed with relatively less traffic on the roads.Educational institutions sent students home early in the afternoon, while several offices asked their staff to leave early. By dusk, roads started wearing a deserted look, even as groups of anxious people huddled in discussions over the condition of 68-year-old AIADMK supremo.Shops, including petty outlets, eateries and departmental stores, closed shutters, even as people stocked essentials.Many bus and suburban rail stations wore a near deserted look by 7.00 PM itself while the number of private vehicles was also less on many roads.The usual weekday peak hour rush was absent with comparatively less number of commuters seen travelling on the Tambaram-Beach suburban train route.The busy Rangananthan Street in the commercial district of T Nagar also emptied soon.A report from Madurai said similar situation was witnessed in the temple city and many other towns in south Tamil Nadu where shopkeepers downed shutters and people scurried home.Office goers had a tough time when they left early as many bus services were withdrawn.The atmosphere in many towns and cities turned eerie and silent in south Tamil Nadu. AIADMK men and women looked sad and sobbing in the party offices in Madurai.Police were guarding all vantage points including lanes and by-lanes as a precautionary measure.Tourists in pilgrims centres such as Palani, Madurai and Rameswaram were stranded with very few buses plying and were forced to go for roadside hotels for their dinner. Even the temples were less crowded.A city bus was damaged when some anti-social elements pelted stones near the district court in Madurai.Railway stations witnessed thin crowd with many cancelling journeys even as Railway sources said all trains would be operated with sufficient security.Though there were no major untoward incident, reports of stones being pelted at a state transport corporation bus came in from a locality in Chennai.The city has come under a thick security cover with large number of police personnel being deployed at vital junctions.As traders hotels and commercial houses remained shut, supply of milk and food had been affected.

Jayalalithaa health update: TN CM on ECMO – all you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apollo Hospitals said this evening that a team of its doctors and those from AIIMS were continuously monitoring the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and denied as “totally baseless and false” reports that she was no more. “Some TV channels are wrongly reporting that the Honourable CM is no more. It is totally baseless and false. They are advised to rectify this mistake based on this press release,” the hospital said in a statement after news channels reported that the AIADMK leader was no more. With the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa deteriorating, party MLAs are scheduled to meet later this evening apparently to chalk out the next course of action. Earlier in the day also the AIADMK MLAs had met at Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, and reportedly discussed the leadership issue among other matters.Though party sources did not reveal the agenda of the meeting scheduled in the evening, they, however, confirmed that the legislators would discuss key matters. According to doctors, the condition of Jayalalithaa, who suffered cardiac arrest, is very “grave”. AIADMK has a total of 136 MLAs in the 234-member House, including Jayalalithaa, who represents Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar here.68-year-old Tamil Nadu supremo Jayalalithaa is wired up from head to toe inside the High Dependency Unit of private-run Apollo Hospital in Chennai. After she is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 evening, she was transferred on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.Dr Richard Beale, Intensivist at London Bridge Hospital who had been monitoring her condition said in a written statement, “She had been doing well. Inspite of the progress she was making, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained. She is now on extra corporeal life support.”Outcomes of patients on ECMO are poor, said Dr Ramakant Panda, Cardiac Surgeon who had operated on Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. “Even if a person recovers it may take weeks, we cannot expect a miraculous overnight change in the patient’s condition.”ECMO explained A sudden cardiac arrest can occur due to multiple reasons, say doctors. “Her lungs had already been compromised, as a result the heart may have weakened. It could be a result or an infection. It could also have been a result of electrolyte imbalance, which leads the levels of Potassium to peak in the body causing an arrest,” said a senior Cardiologist requesting anonymity. In an ECMO procedure, huge cuts are made in the groin area and two thick pipe-like tubes are inserted inside to flush out and pump recycled blood back inside. ECMO machine consists of a pump which mimics the heart and lungs.An endo-tracheal tube is attached along with the ventilator to aid breathing. Leads are attached on chest to monitor heart rate. A line is inserted inside the arm to check on blood pressure. Patient is also put on dialysis and special leads are attached on the head to monitor brain functioning.When the pumping of heart is compromised, organs like kidney, liver and brain may suffer damage and fail. ECMO takes over the heart and lung function, giving them time to heal.“One must understand that ECMO is a support system and not a treatment modality. The machine takes blood out of the body, oxygenates it and returns it back to the body.As ECMO takes on the burden of performing the functions of heart and lungs, it gives temporary rest to the wounded organs to recover. At times patients, even old ones do get revived on ECMO,” said Dr Sandeep Dewan, head of department, Critical Care at Fortis Memorial Research Institute.Doctors said that even when the heart completely collapses, but the patient is put on ECMO within a few minutes, there are chances of revival of the heart over a few days. While in US and Europe, where technologies have advanced of all patients put on ECMO, upto 56% of them bounce back, in India, the survival rates hover between close to 40%.The entire procedure of wiring a patient up for ECMO and fixing the circuit costs upto Rs 3.5 lakhs. Additionally, each day that a patient is on ECMO costs Rs 10,000. It is the last resort for a patient when ventilator support and drugs fail. Dr Dewan has treated 25 patients on ECMO in the past one and a half year of which ten have survived.Jaya illness timeline: September 22 – Jayalalithaa hospitalized and it is maintained that she is recoveringOctober 2 – Dr Richard Beale is flown in from London to advise on her respiratory distress due to infection in lungsOctober 6 – A team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi is flown inOctober 7 – It is announced that she is on respiratory support, on nebulisation and antibioticsOctober 21 – It is noted that she is sitting up and is recovering wellNovember 19 – She is shifted to a private room and is said to be responding well without ventilator supportDecember 4 – Earlier in afternoon, AIIMS doctors say she is good to go home, but later in evening suffers cardiac arrestDecember 5 – She is put on ECMO life support, after having tried cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for close to 40 minutes.

Jayalalithaa’s health status LIVE: Apollo denies media reports, says CM on life support

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

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With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 18:05 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: London specialist Dr Richard Beale says CM’s condition ‘extremely grave’

Chennai: The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is “extremely grave”, the London doctor who is being consulted for her treatment said on Monday.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

“Unfortunately, and in spite of the progress she had made, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained,” Dr Richard Beale said in a statement.

“The situation is extremely grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event. She is being cared for by a highly multi-disciplinary team and is now on extra corporeal life support.

“This is the most advanced level of support available and is the approach the best centres internationally would take in this situation. That this technology is available in Apollo Chennai reflects the high degree of expertise of this centre and, that at all times, Madam has received exceptional care from Apollo and AIIMS care team, which are equal of any in the world,” he said.

He said his prayers and thoughts were with the Chief Minister, her family, her carers and the people of Tamil Nadu “at this very difficult time”.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 16:48 IST

Jayalalithaa critical: Venkaiah Naidu speaks to TN Governor, rushes to Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government on Monday swung into action following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa critical health condition, as the Centre’s top brass got in touch with the state governor C Vidyasagar Rao and assured complete central assistance.Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu spoke to the Governor and state Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao enquiring about her health and will also fly down to Chennai to assess the situation.Also, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the Governor in regard with the law and order situation in the state given the tense state of affairs regarding Jayalalithaa, and was assured that the situation was under control. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also assured Tamil Nadu government that the Centre is always willing to help if they require extra force in regards with maintaining law and order.Meanwhile, the special team of doctors from the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi reached Chennai. “We are in regular touch with the Apollo authorities in Chennai and at the same time with the Tamil Nadu government. Yesterday, we got the information and they had requested for doctors from All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a team of doctors, Dr Khilnani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar are leaving for Chennai and they will be supporting there,”Union Health Minister JP Nadda said.However, the frenzy over Jayalalithaa’s critical heath seems to have begun as a distressed supporter died last night upon finding out Amma’s status.All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadre Nelagandan from Cuddalore district Gandhi Nagar died yesterday night after seeing the news of Jayalalithaa’s health on the television.Jayalalithaa continues to remain in a critical state after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at the Apollo Hospital, where she has been admitted since September 22.A growing crowd of her supporters and AIADMK cadres have been thronging outside Apollo hospital and praying for her health.Security has been stepped up across the city to attend any eventuality and buses plying out of Chennai have been reduced and security in the capital has been tightened. Para military forces are also on standby to handle the crowd in case of any emergency.

Jayalalithaa critical: Centre assures assistance to Tamil Nadu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J ayalalithaa’s health condition deteriorating following a cardiac arrest, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday assured all possible assistance from the Centre. Rijiju told the media that Tamil Nadu might require additional forces to maintain the law and order situation in the wake of the Chief Minister’s deteriorating health condition.”The practice is that if there is a situation in state and the state finds themselves inadequate to maintain the law and order situation then the Centre is always willing to send extra forces. It is our primary duty to ensure that the state is being helped in all possible way they require. But we cannot intervene on our own,” he added.Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said a team of four top doctors from Delhi’s prestigious AIIMS has been sent to Chennai on the request of Apollo Hospital. Jayalalithaa, 68, had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was put on an extracorporeal membrane heart assist device, a life support system that aids heart and lung functioning.

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:20 IST

‘We pray that she regains her health’: Centre dispatches team of AIIMS specialists for Jayalalithaa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre on Monday dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Science to Apollo Hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.Four specialists from AIIMS will soon be reaching Apollo Hospital, Health Minister J P Nadda said here.”We are in constant touch with Apollo and Tamil Nadu Government. They had requested a team of doctors from AIIMS. We have sent a team of specialists from AIIMS Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. We hope that doctors from AIIMS and Apollo will be able to help in her recovery. We pray to God that she regains her health,” Nadda said.The team of AIIMS doctors inlcude pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.Jayalalithaa has been critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital on Sunday where she was admitted over two months ago.Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late last night, had said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.”Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon’ble CM’s condition and they are trying their very best,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted.68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Jayalalithaa’s mental functions ‘absolutely normal’, says hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apollo Hospitals on Friday said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s “mental functions are absolutely normal” and that she can leave for home as and when she wants to, but continues to recuperate in the ICU to avoid any infection.The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was also “living beautifully” without ventilator, but respiratory support was being given to her periodically to ensure that her lungs don’t collapse, Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said.Asked by reporters when Jayalalithaa could resume her official responsibilities, Reddy said “responsibilities at that level is to guide and direct. I suppose that she can do well even now.” “She lives beautifully without ventilator but that has been kept so that the lungs should not collapse. Only for that purpose it is used. She is sleeping normally, eating normal food and increased high-protein diet that her body needs,” he said.”Her mental functions, I can assure you, are absolutely normal,” he added.Reddy said that Jayalalithaa has “recovered completely” and that “she is doing well,” but continues to recuperate in the ICU to avoid any infection. She was in ICU “to keep her infection-free, not to get exposed to any infection,” he said. “Even when we get fever for 10 days and take all those antibiotics for 10 days, our resistance is low. So it is normal sense for us to see that she is now in a place where the restrictions are there so that she won’t get infection,” he added.The Chief Minister can leave the hospital “any time she will want to,” Reddy said. Meanwhile, party Spokesperson Nanchil Sampath said that Jayalalithaa will return home in a few days.”The doctors told me she is all right,” he said.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection, with respiratory support, among others. Specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; and from London, have treated her during the period. Since her hospitalisation, state ministers and AIADMK cadres have been organising special poojas at various temples across the state, praying for her speedy recovery.

Jayalalithaa has completely recovered, says Apollo Hospitals chairman Prathap Reddy

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is up to her to decide when to go home, Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said in Chennai on Friday.

File photo of J Jayalalithaa. Reuters

File photo of J Jayalalithaa. Reuters

“All I can say is, very clearly, she is very satisfied… What I mean by very satisfied, that means she has completely recovered. She is aware of what is going on around her,” he told reporters.

“She is completely aware of what is happening, asks and demands what she wants and I believe that everybody, even she, is looking forward to when she will go home and take back the reigns,” he said.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the corporate hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and from London, among others, have treated her during the period.

Apollo Hospitals, in its last medical bulletin on 21 October, had said Jayalalithaa was “interacting and progressing gradually”.

Ever since her hospitalisation, state ministers and AIADMK cadres have been organising special pujas at various temples across the state, praying for her speedy recovery.

Prayers had also been held in places of religious worship in Erode and Karur, among others.

“The divine blessings were on Jayalalithaa as scores of party workers had held prayers for her speedy recovery,” AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy had said.

Late last week, an official document had stated that Jayalalithaa used her left thumb impression in the election document of her party nominee for 19 November bypoll to Thirupparankundram as she had an “inflamed right hand”.

The document was attested by Dr P Balaji, Prof of Minimal Access Surgery, Madras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and signed by Dr Babu K Abraham of Apollo Hospitals as witness.

A galaxy of political leaders, including BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, DMK treasurer MK Stalin, besides film personalities like Rajinikanth and Kushboo, who is also the Congress spokesperson, had visited the CM.

Left thumb impression of ailing Jaya on election document

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, undergoing medical treatment for the past one month at a hospital here, has an “inflamed right hand” following which her left thumb impression has been affixed in the election document of her party nominee for November 19 bypoll to Thirupparankundram. In Form A and B, where she has to authorise the party candidate, AK Bose, as AIADMK’s official nominee, Jayalalithaa’s left thumb impression has been affixed for the purpose. “The signatory (Jayalalithaa) is presently hospitalised in Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.”Since the signatory has undergone Tracheotomy recently and has an inflamed right hand, she is temporarily unable to affix her signature,” the document said. “Hence she has affixed her left thumb impression on her own in my presence,” the document, attested by Dr P Balaji, Prof of Minimal Access Surgery, Madras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and signed by Dr Babu K Abraham of Apollo Hospitals as witness, said. Jayalalithaa (68) was admitted to the Apollo hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, and the hospital later said she was being treated for infection.The ruling AIADMK had said that its supremo Jayalalithaa was “very well” and would return home soon as scores of party workers continued to hold different forms of worships for her speedy recovery. The bypoll to Thiruparankundram is being held following the death of sitting AIADMK MLA SM Seenivel. The EC had recently announced that the Thirupparankundram by-election will be held on November 19.

Jayalalithaa very well, will return home soon: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK said on Wednesday party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised here since last month, is “very well” and would return home soon, even as scores of party workers continue to hold different forms of worships for her speedy recovery. “She is very well. God is by her side. She will come home soon,” party spokesperson CR Saraswathy told reporters here.She said the prayers of party supporters has reaped fruits and thanked the medical experts from AIIMS and Singapore among others who treated the 68 year-old leader. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital here on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later on, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others.In its latest medical bulletin, which was issued on October 21, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually. Meanwhile, AIADMK supporters in large numbers continued to organise special prayers and events for the well being of their ”Amma” (Mother), as she is affectionately called by them, across the state. This included a six-hour musical prayer in Tirunelveli.Around 20,000 people carried the traditional ”palkudam” (milkpot) over a 10 km stretch praying for Jayalalithaa”s speedy recovery at Viralimalai in Puthukottai district. In Tirunelveli, ”thavil” and ”nagaswara” musicians played their instruments non-stop for six hours praying for the good health of the AIADMK supremo.Special yagnams and homams (havans) including ”Sudharsana” and ”dhanvanthiri” homams seeking divine blessings for her good health and long life were performed in many temples across the state including in Chennai, Coimbatore and Dharmapuri. In Erode, school students sat in a row depicting ”Amma” in Tamil and held candle prayers for the Chief Minister. An inter-faith prayer was held in Thiruvarur.At Apollo Hospital, a group of members of the traditional Badaga tribe community from Nilgiris district held prayers.

After CM Jayalalithaa, DMK chief M Karunanidhi now unwell due to ‘drug allergy’

Call it sympathy pains perhaps, but after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals a month back (on 22 September, to be precise), after she complained of fever and dehydration, now it’s the DMK patriarch who has fallen sick.

File photo of DMK chief Karunanidhi. PTIFile photo of DMK chief Karunanidhi. PTI

File photo of DMK chief Karunanidhi. PTI

M Karunanidhi has developed an allergy, reports The Hindu, and has been advised rest. The Hindu report quotes a press release issued by the DMK, which said that the DMK chief developed an allergy because of one of the medicines that he regularly took.

Earlier today, the DMK had called for an all-party meet, convened by Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin. The ruling AIADMK, the BJP, the Left parties as well as the DMDK of Vijayakanth and the MDMK led by Vaiko kept away from the meeting held at the DMK headquarters. Stalin said it was vital to present a united face of Tamil Nadu to the Central government.

Jayalalithaa, who has been recently received by visitors including Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, eminent scientist MS Swaminathan and Congress party spokesperson Kushboo Sundar, has been recovering well and responding positively to treatment, according to Apollo Hospitals.

Rao’s visit, the second this month, comes a day after the hospital announced that Jayalalithaa, admitted on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration, was interacting and progressing gradually.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Police arrested eight people for spreading rumours about her health. More than 50 people have cases registered against them for spreading rumours or “even talking about Jayalalithaa’s health in public platforms”, says this report in The Week.

O Panneerselvam subsequently took over Jayalalithaa’s portfolios, stepping up to the task for the third time in his career.

Karunanidhi had earlier suggested that Jayalalithaa’s photographs be released to squash rumours being circulated about her health. “Some persons are spreading unwanted rumours about her health on the social media and to put an end to these, proper information about the Chief Minister’s health must be made available to the people,” he said in a statement.

With inputs from agencies

Activist, aide booked for ‘spreading rumours’ about Jayalalithaa’s health

Sat, 22 Oct 2016-11:35am , Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cases have been registered against social activist ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy and his aide Fathima on Saturday for allegedly spreading rumours about the health status of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, police said. A top police official told PTI that cases have been registered under various IPC sections including section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot). Police have already arrested eight persons on the charge of spreading rumours about the health of Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals here since September 22. They had warned of stern action against those spreading rumours on the chief minister’s health and have already registered around 50 cases in this connection.

Tamil Nadu: One more held for ‘spreading rumours’ on Jayalalithaa’s health

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One more person was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly spreading rumours on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health on social media, taking the total number of those detained on similar charges to eight.”Sagayam Antony, a resident of Tuticorin District was spreading rumours, false information on social media on the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and he was arrested today (Wednesday),” a senior police official told PTI.The 33-year old man, a grocer, was brought here and produced before a court which remanded him to judicial custody.With this, the total number of persons arrested on the charge of spreading rumours about the health status of Jayalaithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital here since September 22, has gone up to eight.Police have warned of stern action against those spreading rumours on the health of Jayalalitha and have registered around 50 cases so far in this connection.Those arrested so far include a bank clerk and a jewellery appraiser in Coimbatore on a complaint from an AIADMK functionary that they had made ridiculous, adverse remarks about Jayalalithaa’s health condition during banking hours.

Jayalalithaa’s health rumours: Arbitrary interpretation of law by Tamil Nadu police is wrong

Even God cannot save you if you are a curious sort, interested in politics and given to gossip. Add to the mix, a tech-savvy nature and a mischievous mind and you are more than likely to land behind bars in present-day Tamil Nadu.

In the last three weeks, seven people have been arrested and thrown into jail, most of them on charges of “spreading rumours” about Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa. Cases have been booked against more than 40 people. Most of them on charges of spreading canards about the health status of the CM, by uploading fake videos and audio chats on different social media platforms including Facebook, Youtube, Whatsapp and Twitter.

But the latest arrests in Coimbatore has taken things a bit too far. On October 13, cops in this city in western Tamil Nadu arrested a bank clerk and a jewellery appraiser for allegedly speaking about Jayalalithaa’s health condition in “a mocking manner”. The complaint was lodged by an AIADMK party member Punitha Devi who claimed that on 7 October, she overheard L Ramesh, the bank clerk and R Suresh, the appraiser making adverse comments about the CM’s condition. Devi alleges that when she objected to the conversation, the two persons threatened her.

Newspaper reports suggest that CCTV images at the bank have no evidence of any heated exchange of words between Punitha Devi and the two accused. It is bizarre that two people have been thrown into jail, going merely by an allegation made by, in this case, someone who could well be looking to score brownie points within her party structure.

While the police is entitled to throw the rulebook at anyone who indulges in rumour mongering that leads to a breakdown in law and order, causes unrest or violence, this particular case does not do any of the above. So how does a conversation between two individuals become the basis to send them to judicial custody?

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. AFPTamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. AFP

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. AFP

It is also important to consider the circumstances. Since Monday, there has been no medical bulletin issued by Apollo Hospitals, leading to much speculation about the CM’s health condition. Access is denied even to senior ministers of the AIADMK government. None of the political VIPs like Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah or Arun Jaitley who visited Apollo Hospital, got to see Jayalalithaa. When a PIL was filed in the Madras High court seeking details of the CM’s health, it was dismissed as a `Publicity Interest Litigation’. It is but natural that in the absence of trustworthy information, rumours will take over.

While any individual is entitled to his or her privacy, Jayalalithaa’s case is a bit different. She is the chief minister and therefore the people of Tamil Nadu have a right to know the state of her health. It is because of this opacity in releasing credible information that anxious AIADMK cadre have attempted self-immolation, leading to the death of one activist in Chennai. Another party member committed suicide in Vadugapatti.

The fact that Apollo Hospitals also moved from a narrative of “fever and dehydration” to “respiratory support” has not inspired confidence. People suspect the entire truth is not being said. Local Tamil Nadu politicians like Thirumavalavan of VCK who came visiting two weeks ago said the CM will be discharged in 2-3 days. The fact that it has not happened means people do not believe the story being spun out of Apollo Hospitals.

Which begs the question : Who is to decide what is the truth and what is not? This arbitrary and high-handed manner of interpreting the law does not make Tamil Nadu police look too good.

The problem with Tamil Nadu is that the AIADMK regime has always operated behind an iron curtain and ruled with an iron hand. After all, folk singer Kovan was slapped with sedition charge, no less, for criticising the government’s prohibition policy in his songs last year. The police dumped three social activists in Chennai central prison for pulling down AIADMK hoardings that had taken over every single pavement in Chennai during their meeting in December 2015. But instead of taking action against party cadre who assaulted the activists, the three citizens were given the treatment.

The media also has been muzzled with over 200 defamation cases filed since 2011, making every journalist extremely circumspect and scared while reporting. Journalism has become a casualty, in the process.

The AIADMK IT wing is on overdrive monitoring different social media for anyone posting anything negative about its leader and complains to the police who are ready to carry out its bidding.

Two weeks back, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy wrote to the Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, urging him to impose President’s rule in Tamil Nadu for six months, citing law and order issues. While the reasons he mentioned were a bit over the top, the fact remains this kind of a merciless crackdown on common people of Tamil Nadu will only alienate the government from the people.

It is time fear stopped being a constant in Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Tamil Nadu CM’s condition greatly improves in last 48 hours, AIADMK relieved

First the good news. Multiple sources have confirmed that the condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has improved significantly in the past 48 hours and she has been off the ventilator during the day. She is on respiratory support only for some time in the night as a precautionary measure.

The CM however, still continues to be in the Critical Care unit at Apollo Hospital. Apart from antibiotics, her treatment includes medication to help her in breathing and also nebulisation.

“We are not so worried any more. We are a lot more relieved,” said a source who is aware of Jayalalithaa’s treatment.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTIFile photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

AIADMK leaders who have access to information from inside the Critical Care unit at Apollo Hospitals also confirm that Jayalalithaa is conscious. “She is also aware of what is happening around her,” says CR Saraswathi, spokesperson of the AIADMK.

The next step would be to slowly move her away from the bed, where she has been for more than three weeks now, and make her sit on a chair. Passive physiotherapy that Apollo’s medical bulletins say the CM is undergoing, is part of the treatment to help her do this.

But despite the improvement, Apollo Hospital and the Tamil Nadu government are fighting shy of announcing it to the world. That is because experience shows that an ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) patient even when he or she shows dramatic improvement, is deemed vulnerable.

ARDS is a life-threatening medical condition, characterised by inflammation in the lungs. ARDS is triggered by pneumonia and sepsis, one of the reasons why intensivist Dr Richard Beale, an experienced investigator in the field of sepsis, ARDS and clinical nutrition, was flown in from London to treat the CM. An intensivist by definition is a doctor who specialises in treating critically-ill patients.

Experts point out that ARDS is known to have a high mortality of up to 50 percent. When it is accompanied with other ailments, it only complicates the issue and the treatment. In Jayalalithaa’s case, her diabetes, hypertension and cellulitis — ailments mentioned in her 2014 bail plea at the Karnataka High court — were factors the team of doctors took into account.

“If it was a 30-year-old patient, the body recovers that much faster. Since the CM is 68, she needs that much more care,” said a source.

Given her medical history, doctors are of the opinion that her recovery is remarkable. But they would want to monitor her for some more time as with her diabetes, the risk of secondary infections always exists.

Hospitals, especially Intensive Care Units, are a more risky place for critical patients. That is because hospitals are teeming with virulent bacteria. If an infection is contracted from the community, it requires a basic antibiotic for treatment. But if a patient contracts an infection from the ICU, bacteria is likely to be resistant to basic antibiotics and doctors have to prescribe high-end antibiotics. Such potent antibiotics in high dosage can lead to side effects like diarrhea, renal failure, myopathy and neuropathy.

In order to ensure against any such complication, Jayalalithaa has been kept in a part of the Critical Care unit where no other patient is admitted. This means getting a secondary infection is out of the question.

It is expected that if the CM continues the same pace of progress, she could be out of hospital soon. However, she would still need significant rest, care and physiotherapy for at least two months. It is not clear whether Apollo doctors would prefer Jayalalithaa to rest under their supervision at the hospital or send her home by the end of October.

Doctors, who are visibly relieved now, were not in the same state of mind earlier this week. In fact, the hospital in consultation with Dr Richard Beale and the team of specialists from AIIMS had reportedly decided that if there is a further deterioration in Jayalalithaa’s health, she will be shifted to either AIIMS in New Delhi or to a hospital abroad.

That possibility has now been firmly ruled out. “She will come out like a tigress,” said a source.

Kanpur couple fooled into giving kidneys

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seldom happens that unsuspecting patients and perpetrators languish alongside each other in the jail. The kidney racket run out of private-based Apollo Hospital at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi, that was busted by Delhi police in June this year, is a case in point.44-year-old kidney donor Umesh Srivastav is one of the seventeen accused booked by Delhi police in the organ transplant scandal that rocked the city recently. Umesh is currently holed up in Patna along with his wife Neelu (44) at her mother’s residence. Umesh said, “I was unaware of the fact that Neelu’s kidney would be removed at the operation table on the ill-fated day. We only knew so as to what transpired when the police showed up to arrest us.”Neelu has been suffering from a tumour in her abdominal area, since many years. “In October last year, her pain aggravated. We ran from pillar to post for her treatment. The doctors quoted a figure of one and a half lakh to get her surgery done. In the meanwhile, an acquaintance named ‘Gauri,’ made us meet Ashu. They promised us to get Neelu operated for free for her tumour, if I was ready to part with my kidney,” said Umesh.In April earlier this year, Ashu, the accused tout in the scam, brought Umesh and Neelu to Delhi. He put them up at Hotel Dimple Lodge and Signature Inn at Paharganj. “We were served food regularly at the hotel. We were ferried around to the hospital for our medical check ups. We were asked not to open our mouths. The touts assured us that Neelu’s tumour will be removed,” Umesh said.The touts forged Umesh’s identity and showed him to be one ‘Suresh Chand,’ a make-believe uncle of 24-year-old Ghaziabad resident Ashutosh Gautam. Ashutosh was a sick patient, who needed a kidney. “I was taken by Ashutosh’s family before the doctor and made to stand there. After all the documents are forged, it is a mere formality to stand in front of the doctor,” he said.In Neelu’s case, papers were forged and she was shown to be the 54-year-old wife Baby Gupta of 62-year-old Jia Lal Gupta, a Jammu resident. Jia Lal was in need of a Kidney. “The touts promised to get my wife treated for her tumour. They told me that by forging papers they can avail of low-cost treatment for my wife. Just that I would have to part with my kidney. I willingly gave up my kidney hoping that my wife will avail of good treatment in a hi-fi facility. But they removed her kidney as well. They never gave us any money,” said Umesh.Umesh used to work as a mechanic at BK Automobiles in Kanpur until some months ago, where he earned close to Rs 7000 a day. Now he is left jobless and homeless. He and his wife stand accused of ‘selling a kidney.’Their two sons, one 18-year-old and another 17-year-old are in Dhanbad and Allahabad. “We could not manage to collect their mark-sheets from school, neither could we manage to get them admitted to college, after our arrests. We have sent them away to work,” he said. “After our arrest, our landlord came and locked the rented house in Kanpur. We had to flee from Kanpur shame-faced. Neighbours would gossip all day along about the police case, leaving our heads hanging low in shame. We are red-faced.”Neelu’s health is not improving. “They never removed her tumour. Instead they removed her kidney. She kept writhing in pain. We were holed up in jail for almost three months, only a week after our surgeries at Apollo Hospital. There were no check-ups or follow-ups in jail. We languished in utter distress. We had to pay Rs 22,000 to obtain bail,” said Umesh.A harangued Umesh ends up coughing out Rs 20,000 every month as the case progressed in the court. “The lawyers charge close to Rs 14,000 every month for appearance. There are two hearings every month. I end up spending Rs 5000 in travel. My relatives are arranging loans to fight the case. For how long will the ordeal go on?,” Umesh pleads desperately.Umesh and Neelu have been named in the racket chargesheet with fifteen other accused who are donors, recipients and touts, by Delhi police, under the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The doctors who had conducted the transplants were called in for questioning by the police but have not been charge-sheeted. The scam is spread over Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal.(Tomorrow, in the series, we explore the plight of a middle-aged donor who sold a kidney to pay off his mounting loans)

Jayalalithaa’s health: Unreliability of official sources has given rise to rumour-mongering

As of  Wednesday night, the Tamil Nadu Police had registered 52 cases for spreading rumours on the health of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who has been in the CCU of Chennai’s Apollo Hospital since the night of 22 September for medical ailments that till this moment remain an intriguing matter of conjecture.

The slew of cases, not surprisingly, triggered a pointed jab through one of those ubiquitous WhatsApp forwards. The point of that Tamil meme was: The first cases on spreading rumours on the chief minister’s health should be slapped on, ahem, the state government and Apollo Hospital.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Tragically, that meme had articulated an inconvenient truth that much of mainstream media in Tamil Nadu cannot.

Right from the quiet night when Jayalalithaa — reportedly in an unconscious state with multiple organ issues — was rushed in an ambulance to the Apollo Hospital, the main casualty has been truth.

The day after Jaya was admitted to hospital, some newspersons in Chennai were fed (by their sources) alarming details on the chief minister’s health and how cardio and pulmonary specialists had worked overtime to fit an emergency pacemaker in her. There were sundry other medical specifics too and the gist of them all was: The chief minister’s health was critical.

But guess what the press release from Apollo said? Well, the operative part of it was ‘fever’ and ‘dehydration’. This is when multiple experts had reportedly battled all night to resuscitate the chief minister. From then on, Apollo press releases have only gotten worse.

If the intention was to keep the anxiety level of a decidedly emotional state (Tamil Nadu) in check, it was understandable. But the execution of it, all through since then, through half-truths and also plain lies is totally wrong and unacceptable.

And when the official machinery is not reliable, it is only natural that unofficial ones spring up with racy rumours and fancy theories. “It is tragic when information quoting imagined sources and spoofy memes become news. That dystopian reality is a fact in Tamil Nadu today,” said R Kathiravan, a political analyst.

Now, the problem for Tamil Nadu is that its mainstream media is not the most rigorous even in the best of times in asking difficult questions of the establishment. Many events and scandals that would have been the grist for headlines for weeks without end elsewhere, have been known to be quietly ignored in Tamil Nadu.

The entire official machinery in the state has been outrageously opaque, especially under Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK regime. The ministers are totally unreachable. At any rate, they don’t have a voice. The CMO is far worse. It is a one-way street, parting only with info it wants at a time convenient to it. “The set-up is such that it precludes any kind of (news) story, negative or otherwise, on the government and its minders,” concurred Kathiravan. “To put things in perspective, a Siddaramaiah or a Devendra Fadnavis cannot get away with this kind of extreme secrecy in operations,” added KK Aparna, a media head at an MNC.

Many individual journalists — as elsewhere, are hard working and honest here too. But most media houses (they are employed in) are extremely committed to  their political ideology or in a situation of being at the mercy of government advertisements. The leading English and Tamil dailies in the state (leading in terms of officially given circulation figures) have a history of being pro-establishment and this sets the tone for the entire market.

At any rate, the anti-government voice belongs to the Opposition parties-run outlets and hence, is seen to lack credibility. The vernacular press, which is generally pretty vibrant in states like the neighbouring Kerala, has been wishy-washy in Tamil Nadu and has never been known for rigour in news reporting. Illuminatingly, the number of scandal rags in Tamil Nadu, the ones that dish out lurid gossip on government and politicians, must be one of the highest in the country.

“But in this age of Twitter and WhatsApp, the government is unable to control rumours and insinuated details. This is where the rub lies,” pointed out Aparna. She added the situation has reached the stage where the people need to be told the full truth. “We have long crossed that threshold of the need for privacy to an individual on matters of health. It has been trumped by the right to know by the people on issues of governance,” she said.

Meanwhile, even as the police is slapping cases on individual voices on social media, the echoes from political platforms are only getting more strident. Despite almost comical visits by people from across political parties, nobody is any surer of the chief minister’s health. Also — most importantly — no one has actually seen Jayalalithaa. And this includes the governor too, who made an official visit to the hospital. “I saw people who claim to have seen the chief minister,” CPI leader D Pandian deadpanned after his visit to Apollo Hospital.

And since no one (on record) has seen the chief minister since her admission to the hospital, and the popular consensus is that she is bed-ridden and unable to carry out any of her regular activities, it begs important questions concerning the state: Who wrote the speech that was delivered under her name at the Cauvery meeting in New Delhi? Who authorised the Deepavali bonus for state PSU employees? The assigning of her portfolios to O Panneerselvam, who okayed it? The press release from the governor’s office said that it was done based on the ‘advice’ of the chief minister. But no one is ready to believe that bit.

The Churchillian phrase of “an iron curtain has descended” rings icily true in Tamil Nadu today

But, heck, who is running the state? Her phlegmatic confidante Sasikala and the members of seemingly never-ending family? The former chief secretary of the state, and now the advisor who enjoyed all access to and the confidence of Jaya: Sheela Balakrishnan? Well, there are no clear-cut and honest answers. As ever, we have to make do with speculation. But whoever is running the show is making a poor job of it.

Meanwhile, news circles in Chennai is agog with yet another rumour that the Apollo Hospitals is unhappy with its hands being forced to issue press releases (on the Chief Minister’s health status) that it wouldn’t want to.

Apollo, it is being speculated, is feeling enough is enough. It has seen its ‘business’ dwindle by more than 60 percent (again, a ball-park figure) since the arrival of the chief minister in its CCU. Outside the hospital on Chennai’s Greams Road, the strange gaggle of AIADMK supporters are hopeful of the chief minister’s return and yet totally angry with Apollo. “This has become a game that Apollo will have difficulty getting out unscathed,” said BP Rajesh, an independent medical analyst.

A chief minister’s state of health in secrecy.
A state run by unseen people with unknown motives.
A media that doesn’t know much about what it is reporting.

The Churchillian phrase of “an iron curtain has descended” rings icily true in Tamil Nadu today.

Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah visit Jayalalithaa, wish for her speedy recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP President Amit Shah visited Apollo Hospital on Wednesday where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted. The two leaders, who were received by a host of their party colleagues and officials from Tamil Nadu at the airport, were in the hospital for about 30 minutes, sources said.After enquiring about the treatment given to 68-year-old Jayalalithaa, the two left the premises without speaking to the media. “Visited Apollo hospital Chennai today. I wish J Jayalalithaa Ji, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu a speedy recovery”, Jaitley posted on Twitter.Shah on the microblogging site said, “Visited Apollo Hospital in Chennai to enquire about the health of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa Ji. I wish and pray for her speedy recovery”.Former Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy also visited the hospital early in the day. “I pray for her speedy recovery,” he told reporters.The AIADMK supremo was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. In the last bulletin issued on Monday, the hospital said she continued to be under treatment and was being constantly monitored by intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel, while respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her.Soon after Jayalalithaa was admitted a host of leaders including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, BJP Leader Venkaiah Naidu, Governor P Sathasivam, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, CPI Leader D Raja visited the hospital.Tamil Nadu Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao was the first to visit her. DMK Leader of Opposition MK Stalin, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President Su Thirunavukkarasar, CPI(M) Leader G Ramakrishnan and CPI Leader D Pandian also paid a visit to the hospital.

Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley likely to visit Jayalalithaa at hospital tomorrow

Tue, 11 Oct 2016-06:35pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley are likely to visit Apollo hospital, where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted, on Wednesday party sources said. BJP national president Shah and Union Finance Minister Jaitley are likely to visit the hospital in the afternoon, they added.Sources at the Chennai airport said the two leaders were likely to arrive from Delhi, proceed to Apollo hospital and return the same day.Jayalalithaa (68) was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. A stream of high-profile visitors, including Governors of Tamil Nadu and Kerala Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao and P Sathasivam, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers of Kerala and Puducherry Pinarayi Vijayan and V Narayanasamy have visited the hospital.

Jayalalithaa ‘constantly monitored’; Kerala Governor, CM visit hospital; two arrested for spreading rumour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continuing to receive treatment, a stream of high-profile visitors, including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday visited the Apollo Hospital and enquired about her health.The hospital, where the AIADMK general secretary was admitted on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, said she was “constantly being monitored”.”Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on October 9 and 10 and examined Honourable Chief Minister,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Subbiah Viswanathan, said in a release.Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel which had examined Jayalalithaa last week, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister, the release said.Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel”, it added.Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, the release said.Earlier, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital yesterday, described Jayalalithaa as a “fighter” and expressed confidence that she would continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.”I am confident that she has a strong willpower and she is always a fighter. I am confident that she will fight back, become normal and continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu and that is my wish,” he told reporters after making a “courtesy call” on Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the hospital and quoted the doctors as saying that Jayalalithaa “was recovering”.Vijayan, accompanied by Sathasivam, visited the hospital and held discussions with hospital CMD Prathap Reddy.”We met Dr Prathap Reddy and the other doctors providing treatment to the chief minister. The specialists informed us that she was responding well to the treatment,” Sathasivam told reporters.”Within a short period, she is likely to be discharged and it is possible for her to take charge of the administration. We also pray for her speedy recovery,” he said.Vijayan said the two had come to “convey the collective good wishes of the people of Kerala”.Bedi said, she was informed by Reddy that Jayalalithaa was “progressing”.”He said, Amma (as Jayalalithaa is addressed) is under very good care and that she is progressing. I would like to pray for her to keep progressing. I have come here out of absolute respect as a neighbour as Puducherry is Tamil Nadu’s neighbour and it is my duty to be here,” she said.Meanwhile, the AIADMK said “all is well” with Jayalalithaa.”All is well with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader mother),” the official Twitter handle of the party, @AIADMKofficial, said.Party workers and supporters continued to hold prayers across the state at different places of worship for the chief minister’s speedy recovery.Meanwhile, the police today arrested two persons, including a software engineer, for allegedly spreading rumours regarding Jayalalithaa’s health.The Central Crime Branch arrested Sathish Kumar, a software engineer from Tiruchengode, for allegedly sharing such information on his Facebook page.He “confessed” to his crime, the police said, adding that the arrest was made on a complaint from AIADMK IT Wing secretary G Ramachandran.Another person, Madasamy, was arrested from Madurai on a complaint from a Chennai resident who alleged that an audio clip, purportedly featuring the voice of a hospital employee and referring to Jayalalithaa’s health, was being circulated on the internet.The two were booked under IPC sections dealing with “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot” and “statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes,” the police said, adding that they were remanded to judicial custody.Steps were on to nab those behind “spreading rumours” about the chief minister’s health, the police said.Efforts were on to remove such posts from social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp, the police said, adding that 43 cases have been filed so far in this regard.Such an offence, if proved, was punishable with seven years of imprisonment, the police said and warned the people against indulging in such activities.

Jayalalithaa’s health being constantly monitored; doctors say Tamil Nadu CM responding well to treatment

Chennai: With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continuing to receive treatment, a stream of high-profile visitors, including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, today visited the Apollo Hospital and enquired about her health.

The hospital, where the AIADMK general secretary was admitted on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration, said she was “constantly being monitored”.

“Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on 9 and 10 October and examined Honourable Chief Minister,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Subbiah Viswanathan, said in a release.

File image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel which had examined Jayalalithaa last week, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister, the release said.

Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel”, it added.

Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, the release said.

Earlier, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital on Sunday, described Jayalalithaa as a “fighter” and expressed confidence that she would continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.

“I am confident that she has a strong willpower and she is always a fighter. I am confident that she will fight back, become normal and continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu and that is my wish,” he told reporters after making a “courtesy call” on Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the hospital and quoted the doctors as saying that Jayalalithaa “was recovering”.

Vijayan, accompanied by Sathasivam, visited the hospital and held discussions with hospital CMD Prathap Reddy. “We met Dr Prathap Reddy and the other doctors providing treatment to the chief minister. The specialists informed us that she was responding well to the treatment,” Sathasivam told reporters.

“Within a short period, she is likely to be discharged and it is possible for her to take charge of the administration. We also pray for her speedy recovery,” he said.

Vijayan said the two had come to “convey the collective good wishes of the people of Kerala”.

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

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Chennai: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam said on Monday that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is likely to be discharged soon from hospital.

File image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

“All the specialists’ doctors informed us that there is a good response to the treatment and she is likely to be discharged soon and soon she will take over the administration of the state,” Sathasivam told the media.

The Kerala Governor made the comments after visiting the Apollo Hospital with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital last month.

Vijayan said he and the Governor decided to come to convey the best wishes of the people of Kerala and to wish her speedy recovery.

“We got good positive news from the doctors. They said she will recover soon. We have received the good news that she is getting better,” he said.

Vijayan arrived from Kozhikode while Sathasivam came from Thiruvananthapuram. The latter waited for the former at the Chennai airport and they drove together in the same car to the hospital.

CM Jayalalithaa’s health improving, reports coming out positive: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting to rest rumours surrounding Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader CR Saraswathy has said that their chief is improving as the reports are showing her to be recovering.”The governor visited her, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited her. Everyone has been saying that CM is getting well, doctors are taking lot of care and day by day she is improving. It is true because all the leaders can’t repeat the same words, there is no need, the reports are also coming out positive, our CM is getting well,” Saraswathy told ANI.The Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is presently being treated, in its latest health bulletin stated, “The honourable Chief Minister continues to be under constant monitoring by the intensivists and consultants in the panel (of specialists).””Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way,” the bulletin added. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22, after she complained of fever and dehydration.Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderarajan have paid visits to the Chief Minister.

Confident that Jayalalithaa will return home in good health: Vaiko

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MDMK leader Vaiko visited Apollo Hospitals on Saturday where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment and expressed confidence that she would return home in good health. Vaiko, who later made a “friendly visit” on Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, also slammed the DMK for demanding an interim arrangement to handle the Government till the time Jayalalithaa returned. “The Chief Minister is well. All the medical care is being given to her. She will return home in good health. The worries of lakhs of AIADMK workers will soon go,” he told reporters. He lauded Jayalalithaa for protecting the state’s rights on the Cauvery issue by approaching the Supreme Court. Vaiko said he was “shocked and grieved” after Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital last month, adding, he also held discussions with doctors treating her, including the British professional, Richard John Beale. He termed his meeting the Governor as a “friendly visit” as he had wanted to meet him. “We recollected old days,” he said and firmly denied that politics was discussed between the two.Asked about DMK Treasurer M K Stalin’s demand that an Interim or Deputy Chief Minister be appointed to handle matters like the Cauvery issue till Jayalalithaa returned, Vaiko said “there is no need” for such an arrangement. He recalled that when DMK President M Karunanidhi, as Chief Minister, was hospitalised for nearly 45 days in 2009, there was no such arrangement in place. CPI(M) state Secretary G Ramakrishnan also visited Apollo Hospitals and wished speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa.Meanwhile, prayers were held across the state by AIADMK supporters for the speedy recovery of their party chief. Among others, the state-run Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University organised a mass prayer of students and teachers here for Jayalalithaa’s recovery.Devotional songs and music were played, including by the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor E Gayathri, a veena exponent. Prayers were also held by party supporters at different places of worship in different parts of the state. The Apollo hospital had yesterday said “Jayalalithaa continues to improve but requires a longer stay at the hospital”. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

TNCC chief rules out ‘politics’ behind Rahul Gandhi’s visit to state amidst Jaya’s illness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>TNCC said on Saturday that there was ‘no politics’ in the party vice president Rahul Gandhi visiting Apollo Hospital where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is being treated and also announced a one-day fast on October 15 against the Centre on the Cauvery issue. TNCC President Su Thirunavukkarasar said Rahul Gandhi had visited the hospital on “humanitarian grounds” and out of “courtesy” to “enquire about the health of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and to offer support if needed.” There was absolutely no politics in the visit, he told reporters. Thirunavukkarasar said his party would hold a one-day fast on October 15 in Tiruchirappalli on the Cauvery issue against the BJP-led Union government, which had “betrayed” the interests of Tamil Nadu and its farmers. The TNCC chief said the stand of the Union government that the Supreme Court does not have “jurisdiction to direct it to constitute the Cauvery Management Board” was shocking. “This is like rubbing salt to the wound. The BJP-led government at the Centre has taken a stand against Tamil Nadu to gain political mileage (in Karnataka). This is a big injustice committed against Tamil Nadu,” he said. On the scope for political realignment ahead of the 2019 Parliamentary polls in view of Gandhi’s visit, he said “elections to the Parliament are nearly three years away. There is no need to think about it now.” Rahul had yesterday interacted with doctors at Apollo Hospital and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health. He wished her a speedy recovery and said she was improving.

TN Congress chief Thirunavukkarasar rules out ‘politics’ behind Rahul’s Chennai visit

Chennai: TNCC on Saturday said there was ‘no politics’ in the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi visiting Apollo Hospital where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is being treated and also announced a one-day fast on 15 October against the Centre on the Cauvery issue.

TNCC President Su Thirunavukkarasar said Rahul Gandhi had visited the hospital on “humanitarian grounds” and out of “courtesy” to “enquire about the health of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and to offer support if needed.”

There was absolutely no politics in the visit, he told reporters.

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Representational image. AFP

Thirunavukkarasar said his party would hold a one-day fast on 15 October in Tiruchirappalli on the Cauvery issue against the BJP-led Union government, which had “betrayed” the interests of Tamil Nadu and its farmers.

The TNCC chief said the stand of the Union government that the Supreme Court does not have “jurisdiction to direct it to constitute the Cauvery Management Board” was shocking.

“This is like rubbing salt to the wound. The BJP-led government at the Centre has taken a stand against Tamil Nadu to gain political mileage (in Karnataka). This is a big injustice committed against Tamil Nadu,” he said.

On the scope for political realignment ahead of the 2019 Parliamentary polls in view of Rahul’s visit, he said “elections to the Parliament are nearly three years away. There is no need to think about it now.”

Rahul had on Friday interacted with doctors at Apollo Hospital and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health. He wished her a speedy recovery and said she was improving.

Jayalalithaa’s health improves, requires longer stay in hospital: Apollo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised in Chennai recently for fever and dehydration, continues to improve but requires a longer stay at the hospital, even as a team of doctors from AIIMS examined the AIADMK supremo. The AIIMS team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor of Department of Pulmunology medicine, Dr Anjanthrika, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care and Dr Nithish Nayak, Professor of Department of Cardiology had held detailed deliberations on Wednesday on the treatment protocols provided to Jayalalithaa by the specialist team at the Apollo hospital, the hospital said in a release on Thursday.”The expert team from AIIMS examined the Chief Minister and concurred with the present line of treatment being provided to Jayalalithaa,” the release from Subbiah Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer of Apollo hospital said.”The expert team will be available till tomorrow even as the British specialist Dr Richard John Beale examined the AIADMK chief again today,” he said.Based on the deliberations and clinical examination, the group of doctors from Apollo hospital have drawn up a detailed medical management plan, keeping in view Jayalalithaa’s “known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather,” the release said. It said the present treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutritions, general nursing care and supporting therapy.”The consensus of opinions of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued as she will require a longer stay at the hospital,” the release said.Jayalalithaa’s health condition “continues to improve and is making gradual progress,” it said.The comprehensive treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures were being continued, the release said. “The Chief Minister under observation of a panel of doctors, consisting of intensivists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists and diabetologists,” it said, adding that detailed lab and radiology investigations were continuously being carried out by the doctors.

Chennai: AIADMK workers hold special prayers for ailing Amma’s speedy recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AIADMK workers held special prayers for the good health of ailing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Thursday and distributed food to the poor at Anand Sai Temple.Hundreds of supporters of the ailing AIADMK supremo offered prayers at Saibaba temple for her speedy recovery. Several supporters also offered prayers outside the Apollo Hospital.The Madras High Court on Thursday quashed a Public Interest Litigation moved by ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy seeking a direction to be given to the state government to declare the health status of Jayalalithaa. The court described the petition as mere act of publicity.Terming the PIL as a “Publicity Interest Litigation”, the first Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan warned the petitioner not to use the forum for political purposes.The court had on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu government to clear confusion about Jayalalithaa’s health.Jayalalithaa, 68, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals for fever and dehydration on September 22. Subsequently, Apollo Hospitals said she was cured of fever and needed to be in the hospital for observation. “The same line of treatment is being continued. The Chief Minister is under close observation by doctors,” said a brief statement from the Apollo Hospitals on Tuesday. Jayalalithaa has been advised further stay in the hospital, it said.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Madras HC rejects petition seeking update; Aiims team examines CM

Chennai: A three-member doctors team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will examine Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa admitted in Apollo Hospital since last month, said reports.

According to reports, the three-member team — pulmonologist GC Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha — will examine the 68-year old Jayalalithaa.

J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu. ReutersJ. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Reuters

J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Reuters

However, officials of Apollo Hospials and the state government were not available to comment.

The AIIMS medical team comes after a British doctor Richard Beale, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London examined 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.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on 22 September for fever and dehydration.

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.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on 4 October directed Tamil Nadu’s Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the government on Jayalalithaa’s health.

Social activist Traffic Ramaswamy filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Madras High Court seeking the real status of Jayalalithaa’s health.

The court also observed that people were anxious to know about the Chief Minister’s health.

Traffic Ramaswamy sought to know whether Jayalalithaa was in sound health to take important decisions and hold meetings of officials and ministers.

Inform us of Jayalalithaa’s health status by tomorrow: Madras HC tells Tamil Nadu govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Tuesday instructed the concerned officials of Tamil Nadu to inform it about Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s health by Wednesday.A petition was filed by an activist named T. Ramasamy to prevent rumours spreading about her health.The PIL sought a direction to the state principal secretary, Governor, chief secretary, home secretary, Apollo Hospitals and others to file a health status report along with photographs in the court.The Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa is currently being treated on Monday said that she was recovering fast and continued to improve and was responding adequately to the comprehensive treatment being given to her.A statement from the hospital said, “The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, continues to improve.””The Honourable Chief Minister is responding adequately to the comprehensive treatment being given to her,” the statement added.Jayalalithaa has been hospitalised since September 23 after she complained of fever and dehydration.The day since the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been admitted, special pujas for her speedy recovery are being performed by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadres and her supporters in various parts of the state.

Tamil Nadu: Who is running the show in CM Jayalalithaa’s absence?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With little clarity on the malaise afflicting its supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa or any specific progress reports of her recovery, the AIADMK, as a party, is finding itself on the edge.Even as the Centre, BJP and Congress are monitoring the situation closely, a visible sense of uneasiness is growing among the AIADMK rank and file in the state. Rigidly a personality-centric party, the AIADMK has no second-rung leadership which can hold the party together, be it in Parliament, the state assembly or at the organisational level.So with Jayalalithaa in the infirmary for almost two weeks, who exactly is running the show in Tamil Nadu and the party?”We don’t answer such questions,” said AIADMK spokesperson V Maitreyan. “She is better and will be discharged after a few more days,” added Maitreyan.People close to the CM say that the party in her absence is being run by her confidante Sasikala Natrajan. “The AIADMK has no formal hierarchy in organisational structure. In her absence the party is run de facto by Sasikala and her loyalists. The party was being run when she was in prison and so it will be managed the same way now,” says political observer Gnani Sankaran.But there is a stark difference between a Jayalalithaa in control of the party from jail and the Jayalalithaa behind a curtain of medical ambiguity incommunicado with her party brass. Reports suggest that even the acting TN governor Vidyasagar Rao wasn’t allowed to meet her in hospital and had to contend with meeting her doctors instead. Sources revealed that the chairman of Apollo Hospitals, Dr Prathap Reddy, was personally involved in the treatment of Jayalalithaa’s “infection”.Meanwhile, there is a growing distrust of Sasikala in the party, with even leaders of her own Thevar community bearing a dislike towards her. In Jayalalithaa’s absence and with the local body polls scheduled on October 17 and 19, the cadre has been left without the leader on whom the party’s existence rests.The AIADMK, like its rival the DMK, has an organisational structure. But unlike the DMK, the AIADMK leaders do not harbor an opinion different from their leader. The other prominent faces of the party are former CM Paneerselvam and the party’s leader in Lok Sabha and the lower house’s deputy speaker, N Thambidurai. Paneerselvam has twice served as acting chief minister in Jayalalithaa’s absence – in 2001 and in 2014. In his second stint lasting over six months, Pannerselvam refused to shave or eat meat till Jayalalithaa was released from jail. Party observers revealed that both of them have little authority over Sasikala and her loyalists.This lack of clarity on where AIADMK stands minus Jayalalithaa is what has made the Centre anxious and the BJP and Congress curious. The Centre is worried about the impact on law and order in the absence of credible information on Jayalalithaa’s actual health parameters. Reports from across the state suggest that AIADMK cadre are running out of patience with the customary “responding well to treatment” bulletins being issued by the hospital. AIADMK cadre on the streets want to know just exactly what treatment is their leader responding to. The Centre fears that with little news on their leader’s health, AIADMK cadre may let their emotions get the better of them.The BJP is curious because apart from being PM Modi’s ‘friend’, the BJP’s top brass has earmarked TN among six other states (including the North-East), where the party wants to increase its vote share in the 2019 parliamentary elections. The Congress, the only non-Dravidian party to rule TN over four decades ago, is sensing an opportunity to revive its dormant fortunes in the state. With Sasikala now calling the shots in the AIADMK, the two national parties are playing a wait and watch game.BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “There is no semblance of anyone capable of filling her shoes in the party. Her special friend Sasikala is not acceptable to other AIADMK leaders. In the absence of Jayalalithaa, I expect the AIADMK to break into pieces.”

Jayalalithaa’s health ‘continues to improve’: Hospital authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health condition “continues to improve” and she has been advised further stay in the hospital for treatment, the Apollo hospital said on Monday, a day after it said she was being treated for “infection”.”The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital, continues to improve,” Chief Operating Officer of Apollo Hospitals Subbiah Viswanathan said in a press release.The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection, the release said. She “is responding adequately to the comprehensive treatment being given to her. A team of doctors are collectively monitoring her treatment,” the release said, adding, she has been “advised further stay in the hospital for treatment.”Yesterday, for the first time since she was hospitalised on September 22, the Apollo Hospital said the Chief Minister was being treated for “infection” and is “responding well”. A bulletin from the hospital had said that it had taken expert opinion from a UK-based doctor who examined her and concurred with the present line of treatment. The 68-year old AIADMK supremo was admitted to the hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Sasikala Pushpa demands details

M Sasikala Pushpa, expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha member said the State government must provide Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health details, stating that even the State Health Minister had no clue about her condition on Monday, according to The Hindu.

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

The standard answer from party leaders about Jayalalithaa’s health condition is that “Amma is well and will be back soon.” And party spokesperson CR Saraswathi urged the people and the party cadres not to believe the baseless rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health.

“Our Amma (Jayalalithaa) is meeting Ministers and giving instructions on the local body polls. She is fine but needs some rest,” Saraswathi told IANS.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital since 22 September, is responding well to the treatment given to her and has been advised a few more days’ stay in hospital, said Apollo Hospitals on Sunday. The hospital said Jayalalithaa continues to improve.

In a statement issued in Chennai, Apollo Hospitals said the current treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures, are presently being continued to treat the infection the 68-year-old leader is suffering from.

The current treatment plan is based on the detailed discussions the expert group of doctors had with British doctor Richard Beale.

According to the statement, Beale is Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London.

As per the London hospital’s website, Beale is one of its critical care consultants and clinical director, perioperative, pain and critical care directorate. He is an experienced investigator in the fields of sepsis, ARDS, haemodynamics, critical care nutrition and ICU informatics.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September for fever and dehydration.

Subsequently, Apollo Hospital said she was cured of fever and needed to be in the hospital for observation.

Though Jayalalithaa is in the hospital, major government decisions are being taken by her.

On 27 September, Jayalalithaa after discussing the issues related to the Cauvery water row, dictated her speech to be read out by Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao at the meeting of the executive heads of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The meeting was held on 29 September in New Delhi and Rao read out her speech.

Even the party statements are issued in Jayalalithaa’s name.

Meanwhile, state Finance Ministter O Panneerselvam, Electricity Minister P Thangamani and Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinigasan visited Apollo Hospitals on Sunday.

Party cadres continue to hold special prayers at different temples across the state.

With inputs from IANS

Jayalalithaa’s health continues to improve, advised some more days’ hospital stay

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital since 22 September, is responding well to the treatment given to her and has been advised a few more days’ stay in hospital, said Apollo Hospitals on Sunday.

The hospital said Jayalalithaa continues to improve.

In a statement issued here, Apollo Hospitals said the current treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures, are presently being continued to treat infection the 68-year-old leader is suffering from.

The current treatment plan is based on the detailed discussions the expert group of doctors had with British doctor Richard Beale.

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTIA file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

According to the statement, Beale is Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital, London.

As per the London hospital’s website, Beale is one of its critical care consultants and clinical director, perioperative, pain and critical care directorate. He is an experienced investigator in the fields of sepsis, ARDS, haemodynamics, critical care nutrition and ICU informatics.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September for fever and dehydration.

Subsequently, Apollo Hospital said she was cured of fever and needed to be in the hospital for observation.

Though Jayalalithaa is in the hospital, major government decisions are being taken by her.

On 27 September, Jayalalithaa after discussing the issues related to the Cauvery water row, dictated her speech to be read out by Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao at the meeting of the executive heads of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The meeting was held on 29 September in New Delhi and Rao read out her speech.

Even the party statements are issued in Jayalalithaa’s name.

Meanwhile, state Finance Ministter O. Panneerselvam, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani and Forest Minister Dindigul C. Srinigasan visited Apollo Hospitals on Sunday.

The standard answer from party leaders about Jayalalithaa’s health condition is that “Amma is well and will be back soon.”

Party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi, meanwhile, urged the people and the party cadres not to believe the baseless rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health.

“Our Amma (Jayalalithaa) is meeting Ministers and giving instructions on the local body polls. She is fine but needs some rest,” Saraswathi told IANS.

Party cadres continue to hold special prayers at different temples across the state.

Jayalalithaa’s being treated for ‘infection’, responding well: Apollo Hospital

Chennai: For the first time since she was hospitalised on 22 September, the Apollo Hospital on Sunday said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is being treated for “infection” and is “responding well”.

A bulletin from the hospital on Sunday said it has taken expert opinion from a UK-based doctor who examined her and concurred with the present line of management.

The bulletin said the CM has been improving and advised a few more days stay at the hospital.
68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on 22 September with complaints of fever and dehydration.

A file image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

A file image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

This is for the first time since she was admitted that the hospital has said she was being treated for infection.

“Chief Minister, who is undergoing treatment, continues to improve. Apollo Hospital obtained an expert opinion from International Specialist and Consultant from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Dr Richard Beale who was flown in from the United Kingdom on 30 September, 2016,” it said.

Dr Beale examined the Chief Minister, evaluated various clinical reports and “had detailed discussions with the expert group of doctors treating the Chief Minister and concurred with the present line of management”, it said.

Based on the discussions the expert group had with Dr Beale, “The current treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat infection,” the hospital said.

“The Chief Minister is responding well to the treatment given to her. Chief Minister has been advised a few more days stay in the hospital,” the bulletin added.

Earlier in the day, ruling AIADMK dismissed demands for releasing photographs of Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, saying the hospital was regularly releasing bulletins about her condition.

“The hospital has been sharing bulletins about her health regularly. Even after sharing the bulletins, what do they expect?” AIADMK spokesperson C R Saraswathi told reporters.

Replying to a query regarding DMK President M Karunanidhi’s suggestion for releasing a photograph, she said, “Even if we do so, he will say it has been photoshopped. He is making such comments just to criticise us.”

Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan also echoed similar views, saying the hospital was releasing updates on the Chief Minister’s health condition.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had yesterday visited Jayalalithaa and said she was “recovering well”.

Press release by Apollo Hospital

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Jayalalithaa being treated for infection, is ‘responding well’: Hospital authority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the first time since she was hospitalised on September 22, the Apollo Hospital on Sunday said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is being treated for “infection” and is “responding well”.A bulletin from the hospital tonight said it has taken expert opinion from a UK-based doctor who examined her and concurred with the present line of management. The bulletin said the CM has been improving and advised a few more days stay at the hospital. 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration.This is for the first time since she was admitted that the hospital has said she was being treated for infection. “Chief Minister, who is undergoing treatment, continues to improve. Apollo Hospital obtained an expert opinion from International Specialist and Consultant from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Dr Richard Beale who was flown in from the United Kingdom on September 30, 2016,” it said.Dr Beale examined the Chief Minister, evaluated various clinical reports and “had detailed discussions with the expert group of doctors treating the Chief Minister and concurred with the present line of management”, it said.Based on the discussions the expert group had with Dr Beale, “The current treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat infection,” the hospital said.”The Chief Minister is responding well to the treatment given to her. Chief Minister has been advised a few more days stay in the hospital,” the bulletin added.Earlier in the day, ruling AIADMK dismissed demands for releasing photographs of Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, saying the hospital was regularly releasing bulletins about her condition.”The hospital has been sharing bulletins about her health regularly. Even after sharing the bulletins, what do they expect?” AIADMK spokesperson C R Saraswathi told reporters.Replying to a query regarding DMK President M Karunanidhi’s suggestion for releasing a photograph, she said, “Even if we do so, he will say it has been photoshopped. He is making such comments just to criticise us.” Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan also echoed similar views, saying the hospital was releasing updates on the Chief Minister’s health condition. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had yesterday visited Jayalalithaa and said she was “recovering well”.

AIADMK dismisses DMK’s demand to release photographs of CM Jayalalithaa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK dismissed demands to release photographs of hospitalised party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, saying the hospital was regularly releasing bulletins about her condition.”The hospital has been sharing bulletins about her health regularly. Even after sharing the bulletins, what do they expect?,” AIADMK spokesperson C R Saraswathi told reporters.”Every day Ministers are coming and meeting her (Jayalalithaa) since local body elections are around the corner,” she said.On DMK President M Karunanidhi’s suggestion to release a photograph of Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, she said, “Even if we do so, he will say it has been photo shopped. He is making such comments just to criticise us.”Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan after participating in Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations in Kanyakumari, also echoed similar views, saying the hospital was releasing updates on the Chief Minister’s health condition.”Bulletins are being issued from hospital and also from the government regularly. Even yesterday, Acting Governor (CH Vidyasagar Rao), had visited Jayalalitha and government released a bulletin. Still what do they expect?,” he said to a query on the demand to release a photo of Jayalalitha.Karunanidhi had recently said that though Apollo Hospital was issuing bulletins on her health, “some unwanted rumours” were deliberately being floated by “some persons”. He had suggested that photographs of Jayalalithaa be released through the media to quell any kind of rumour being circulated about her health.PMK leader Dr S Ramadoss had also demanded that either an audio or video clipping of her health condition be released to put an end to rumours surrounding her health. 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital here on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. She has been advised to stay for a few days at the hospital.

Tamil Nadu Governor visits Jayalalithaa, happy to note CM is ‘recovering well’

Chennai: Amid rumours about her health condition, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday visited Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a hospital in Chennai and was happy to note, she was “recovering well”.

Tamil Nadu's Acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Apollo hospital in Chennai on Saturday, where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is admitted following fever and dehydration on 23 September 2016.  PTITamil Nadu's Acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Apollo hospital in Chennai on Saturday, where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is admitted following fever and dehydration on 23 September 2016.  PTI

Tamil Nadu’s Acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Apollo hospital in Chennai on Saturday, where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is admitted following fever and dehydration on 23 September 2016. PTI

Upon his visit to the Apollo hospital where he stayed for about 30 minutes, Rao was briefed by its chairman Pratap C Reddy on the treatment being given to Jayalalithaa, a Raj Bhavan release said.

Rao visited the Chief Minister in the ward where she is being given treatment and stated he was “thankful” to the
doctors who took him there and for explaining in detail the treatment given to her, it said.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

“The Governor was happy to note that the Honourable Chief Minister is recovering well. The Governor appreciated the
doctors for providing the best medical care and treatment,” to Jayalalithaa, the release said.

Rao presented a basket of fruits and wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery, the release added.

He was received at the hospital by a number of AIADMK leaders including Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, and
state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, among others, it said.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi had on Friday wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery, but urged the government to “put an end to the “rumours” surrounding his arch political rival’s health.

The state administration should work to put an end to such rumours and the Governor should take due steps in this
regard. I insist upon this since this is the desire of the people,” he had added.

The Apollo Hospitals has flown in UK-based Richard John Beale to examine the 68-year-old Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa is healthy, asserts AIADMK; UK doctor reportedly flown in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK on saturday asserted that its hospitalised party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is “healthy” even as a doctor from the UK has reportedly been flown in to examine the 68-year-old leader.”Amma (Jayalalithaa) is healthy. She needs rest as per doctors’ advice and will return in good health,” senior AIADMK leader and former Minister P Valaramathi told reporters.She said Jayalalithaa was performing official duties and pointed out that she had even announced the party’s candidates for this month’s civic polls while being hospitalised.”Some jealous people are carrying out a wrong campaign to confuse people by spreading rumours” about Jayalalithaa’s health, she said.Meanwhile, the Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa has been hospitalised for treatment for fever and dehydration, reportedly flew in UK-based Dr Richard John Beal to examine the Chief Minister.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.She has been advised to stay for a few days at the hospital.

Jayalalithaa’s health: London specialist arrives in Chennai; unease prevails

Anbuarasu moved to Apollo Hospital in Chennai last week, soon after Jayalalithaa was admitted on the night of 22 September, reportedly with fever and dehydration. Except, that while the Tamil Nadu chief minister recuperates inside the hospital, the footpath outside the complex has been Anbuarasu’s resting place for the night.

“I left my tea shop in my father’s care and have been camping here, because I am very worried about Amma. I will be here till Amma is discharged. I have to see her hale and hearty,” says Anbuarasu. The 30-year-old keeps a tab on every bit of information that trickles out of Apollo’s gate, including the medical press releases and eats at the Amma canteen nearby.

Anbuarasu is the typical Amma bhakt and the AIADMK cadre for you. One who displays unflinching loyalty, despite not given any access to the supreme leader, pushed around by security men — a mere face in the crowd that adds to the Amma aura. It is difficult to explain this bent of mind. Or mindlessness.

File photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. AFPFile photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. AFP

Another regular fixture at the hospital is Ezhumalai, who runs a souvenir shop outside the AIADMK office in Chennai. The 55-year-old swears by MGR and Jayalalithaa and says all those who say she is critical are lying. “I report to the Chennai police about rumours floating on Whatsapp,” says Ezhumalai. He comes to the hospital twice every day to find out, taking time off his shop.

It is 10 days since Jayalalithaa has been in hospital. And a sense of unease is prevailing in Chennai. With very little information put out in the public domain about the actual state of the CM’s health, no one knows if there is more than what meets the eye. It is common sense that fever and dehydration does not call for 10 days of hospitalisation, but reluctance to part with details has only led to rumour mongering.

The decision of Apollo Hospital to fly in Dr Richard John Beale, an intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital, on Friday, has given the first real indication to Jayalalithaa’s condition. An intensivist, by definition, is a doctor trained to treat critically ill patients.

On Friday, a Supreme court lawyer Reegan S Bell sought the intervention by the President of India. In a three-page letter to Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Bell asked him to seek a report from the Governor on the actual situation. “I request you to invoke Article 356 of the Constitution and call for a report from the Governor of the state on the prevailing situation pertaining to the chief minister’s health and her ability or otherwise to discharge her constitutional obligations,” he wrote. The plea also asked for Jayalalithaa to be examined by an independent doctor or a panel of physicians from AIIMS.

The question that arises is how justified is the world in demanding to know what ails Jaya. After all, like anyone else, she is entitled to her privacy. But then the big difference is that Jayalalithaa is the elected chief minister of Tamil Nadu, expected to discharge her duty as per the Constitution of India. With secrecy of an unprecedented nature that has been the hallmark of her personality and her administration, many in Tamil Nadu now wonder if the CM is indeed in charge. The government and the party have been trying to send out the message that she indeed is, by stating that Jayalalithaa chaired a meeting on Cauvery and also announced Rs 476 crore bonus for PSU employees this week. Apart from that, the party has released lists of candidates for the local bodies elections.

The man on the street is, however, confused when messages forwarded to his smartphone suggest that all is not well. Most believe the truth may well be somewhere between what the hospital is saying and what the Whatsapp forwards suggest.

Which is why DMK leader Karunanidhi has demanded that a photograph of the CM be put out to scotch all rumours effectively. Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa who has a score to settle with her former leader and the coterie around her says she plans to file a habeas corpus on Jayalalithaa’s health.

The AIADMK cadre does not take kindly to this kind of “outside interference”. Since Friday, party functionaries, especially those from its IT wing have been tweeting pictures of Jayalalithaa with the hashtag #MyCMisfine. This is to counter the “mischief” doing the rounds on social media.

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao who is holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu will visit Chennai on Saturday. That may give some clarity on what really is happening behind the heavy security cordon that has been thrown around the hospital complex.

AIADMK is in prayer mode. All its leaders are busy organising pujas at places of worship all over Tamil Nadu and even outside the hospital. With most of them also devoid of access to credible information beyond the hospital’s two-line press release, no one really knows.

Put an end to rumours on Jayalalithaa’s health: Karunanidhi tells govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK President M Karunanidhi on Friday urged the Tamil Nadu government to “put an end to rumours” regarding the health of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by providing proper information to the people, while wishing his arch rival a speedy recovery.”As I had already mentioned, though I differ with her ideologically, it is my desire that she recovers soon and take up official duties as usual,” he said and wished her a speedy recovery.Karunanidhi said although Apollo hospital, where the Chief Minister is recuperating from fever and dehydration, was issuing bulletins about her health, “some unwanted rumours” were deliberately being floated by “some persons.””Some persons are spreading unwanted rumours about her health on the social media and to put an end to these, proper information about the Chief Minister’s health must be made available to the people,” he said in a statement.Karunanidhi suggested that photographs of the Chief Minister be released through the media to quell any kind of rumours being circulated about her health. Jayalalithaa (68) was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. She has been advised to stay for a few days at the hospital.Meanwhile, AIADMK slammed the rumour mongers and said efforts were being made to confuse people and party workers.”Some persons are trying to create confusion among people and party workers by spreading rumours,” party spokesperson C R Saraswathy said. She pointed out that Jayalalithaa has been, among others, monitoring the Cauvery situation from the hospital while also announcing festive bonus for state government employees on Wednesday.Expressing concern over rumours being spread through social media, the spokesperson said such platforms should be used in a constructive way.

Release Jayalalithaa’s image, end rumours, Karunanindhi tells AIADMK

Chennai: On Friday DMK President M Karunanidhi urged the Tamil Nadu government to “put an end to rumours” regarding the health of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by providing proper information to the people, while wishing his arch rival a speedy recovery.

“As I had already mentioned, though I differ with her ideologically, it is my desire that she recovers soon and take up official duties as usual,” he said and wished her a speedy recovery.

A file photo of Karunanidhi. PTIA file photo of Karunanidhi. PTI

A file photo of Karunanidhi. PTI

Karunanidhi said although Apollo hospital, where the Chief Minister is recuperating from fever and dehydration, was issuing bulletins about her health, “some unwanted rumours” were deliberately being floated by “some persons.”

“Some persons are spreading unwanted rumours about her health on the social media and to put an end to these, proper information about the Chief Minister’s health must be made available to the people,” he said in a statement.

Karunanidhi suggested that photographs of the Chief Minister be released through the media to quell any kind of rumours being circulated about her health.

Jayalalithaa (68) was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

She has been advised to stay for a few days at the hospital.

Meanwhile, AIADMK slammed the rumour mongers and said efforts were being made to confuse people and party workers.

“Some persons are trying to create confusion among people and party workers by spreading rumours,” party spokesperson C R Saraswathy said.

She pointed out that Jayalalithaa has been, among others, monitoring the Cauvery situation from the hospital while also announcing festive bonus for state government employees on Wednesday.

Expressing concern over rumours being spread through social media, the spokesperson said such platforms should be used in a constructive way.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa advised ‘few days’ stay in hospital for ‘recuperative’ treatment

Thu, 29 Sep 2016-11:55pm , Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised here last week after complaining of fever and dehydration, has “responded well” to treatment and has been advised “few days stay” for “recuperative treatment”, the hospital said on Thursday night.Jayalalithaa has responded well to the treatment, a statement from Apollo Hospitals said. “Necessary evaluation tests are being carried out. The Honourable Chief Minister has been advised few days stay in the hospital for recuperative treatment,” the statement from Subbiah Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer of Apollo Hospitals said.The 68-year-old AIADMK leader was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Cauvery row: Jaya holds meeting in hospital, finalises team to discuss with Karnataka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Holding an official meeting on the Cauvery row at a hospital in Chennai where she is being treated, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday deputed a cabinet colleague to attend a meeting with her Karnataka counterpart and the Centre as suggested by the Supreme Court on the issue. Hours after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to convene a meeting of executive heads of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to solve the inter-state Cauvery row, she nominated state PWD Minister Edappadi S Palanisamy to represent the state in the meeting, to be held in the next two days.Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment for fever and dehydration, held an hour-long consultation with state Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao, Advocate General R Muthukumarasamy and other senior state officials at the Apollo Hospital in the city, where she was admitted on September 22. She “was apprised” of the directions of the Supreme Court to Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for the next three days besides asking the Centre to convene a meeting of the two chief ministers to find a solution to the impasse over water release, an official release said.”The chief minister was apprised that the Supreme Court had directed the Attorney General to facilitate a meeting with Executive Heads of the States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with the Ministry of Water Resources to recommend ways to break the impasse on the issue,” it said.Jayalalithaa was informed that the meeting was likely to be scheduled on September 29 and she directed the PWD Minister, the Chief Secretary, PWD Principal Secretary S K Prabakar, and Chairman, Cauvery Technical Cell, R Subramaniam to attend the meeting on behalf of Tamil Nadu, the release said. She discussed in detail the issues to be taken up by Tamil Nadu at the meeting and also “dictated” her speech which will be read out there by Rao, it said.The chief minister was also apprised of the applications filed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with reference to the apex court’s earlier orders this month on water release. She was briefed about the application filed by Tamil Nadu that Karnataka shall not be heard on any matter on Cauvery until and unless it complies with and makes good the shortfall in releases as directed by the Supreme Court, it said.Earlier in the day, the apex court directed Karnataka to discharge 6,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu till Friday inspite of Karnataka Assembly resolution expressing the state’s inability to release water. The court also called for a political solution to the impasse by convening a meeting of chief ministers of the two states and the Centre.

Doctors divided over debate on chikungunya deaths in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid debate over chikungunya deaths in the city, opinion of doctors seem to be divided with some asserting only 0.1 % people run the risk of dying due to its complications while other medical professionals attribute the fatalities to the vector-borne disease.”1 out of 1,000 people, i.E., 0.1 % run the risk of dying due to chikungunya complications and that too if the patient has co-morbid conditions. Chikungunya is otherwise non-fatal,” AIIMS Head of the Department of Medicine Dr S K Sharma said.At least 15 fatalities due to chikungunya complications have been reported at various city hospitals, including one at AIIMS, while over 2,600 people have been affected by the mosquito-borne fever this season.”If one analyses the deaths, attributed to chikungunya, being reported in Delhi, you would realise that most of them had co-morbid conditions, like hypertension or diabetes or kidney or other renal problems. Chikungunya as such cannot cause death,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Misra said.But doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), where nearly half of these deaths have been recorded, say it was chikungunya that precipitated the death.”Yes, most of these patients were old and had co-morbidity, but why are people finding it hard to believe that chikungunya cannot cause death. There are six crore diabetic people in Delhi, nearly 15 lakh suffer from blood pressure problems, they weren’t dying earlier.”The seven persons, who died here, were elderly people and suffered complications triggered by chikungunya and succumbed. Why are we so embarrassed to admit that these deaths were due to chikungunya? As per WHO reports, chikungunya outbreak in France and the US and South America have caused deaths,” Chairman of Department of Medicine at SGRH, Dr S P Byotra told PTI.Among the remaining fatalities, five of them were reported at Apollo Hospital, one each at AIIMS, Hindu Rao Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute.Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant in Department of Internal Medicine at Apollo Hospital, says, while a debate over the fatality issue is fine, “doctors should not get dogmatic that chikungunya cannot lead to death.””Out of the five patients who died at Apollo, while four of them were old and had some kind of co-morbid conditions, a 31-year-old man from Noida, did not have it, and died within a day of admission. His death has puzzled all of us doctors here,” he said.Besides, a 22-year-old girl died of cardiac arrest triggered by chikungunya complications at Hindu Rao Hospital.Most of the deceased belong to Uttar Pradesh, including the one at AIIMS, who hailed from Muzaffarnagar, and died of multi-organ failure. Gulab Chand Gupta (70) from Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, had died on September 12 Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI).His family members are still trying to come to terms with his death, as Gupta was “fit and had no medical history”.”We have been told chikungunya is non-fatal. And, that may lead to death in those cases where the patients has co-morbidity. But, he had no medical history, he was fit and never smoked a cigarette or consumed alcohol. And, he even practiced yoga everyday,” his son-in-law Santosh Mangal said.Doctors at PSRI in the report said, describing his death from chikungunya complications said, “he died of acute febrile illness with septic shock and multi-organ failure.”AIIMS Head of the Department of Medicine, Dr Sharma, when asked about this case said, “I will have to scrutinise this case, before commenting on it.”At AIIMS laboratories, at least 2,000 blood test samples have tested positive for chikungunya, and doctors there are also studying the viral strain that is in circulation.Experts have conjectured that the outbreak of chikungunya this year could be due to “evolution” in the virus strain.Chatterjee and Byotra, both say that there is a possibility of viral strain of chikungunya “having evolved” but only a scientific study can give us a real picture.The national capital and several other parts of north India are witnessing an outbreak of chikungunya after nearly 10 years. In 2006, over 13 lakh suspected chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi.Dr Lalit Dar of Department of Microbiology at AIIMS, however, says, the rising cases of chikungunya after the 2006 outbreak could be due to “Delhi having a lot of migrant population and generation born after 2006.””Since they were not exposed to the viral strain in 2006 and hence not grown immune, so they are getting affected by it,” he said.According to Dar, AIIMS laboratories have “tested 3,500 cases of chikungunya samples out of which 2,000 have tested positive, nearly 58 %. And, for dengue, out of 8,500 samples only 474 have tested positive.”The committee set up by the Delhi government to review the death attributed to dengue and chikungunya, had earlier, “ruled out” chikungunya as the primary cause of fatality.”Why is a debate about primary or secondary cause. Chikungunya complications have proved fatal in many of these patients, and it is better to acknowledge the deaths do a proper research of the virus, rather than seeing it as something to be embarrassed about,” Byotra said.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa under observation, says Chennai hospital

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, admitted to Apollo Hospital on late Thursday, was under observation and on normal diet, the hospital said.

Jayalalithaa was earlier admitted to a private hospital in Chennai after she complained of “fever and dehydration”.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTIFile photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

In a statement issued on Saturday, Apollo Hospital said: “The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is under observation. Honourable Madam is on normal diet.”

Jayalalithaa had fever and suffered from dehydration on Thursday.

The Chief Minister “has no fever now and is taking normal diet”, a hospital statement said on Thursday. However, it is not known when she will be discharged from the hospital.

Ministers as well as supporters of the AIADMK leader were assembled in droves outside the hospital praying for her recovery.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leaders M Karunanidhi and MK Stalin and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Puducherry, Siddaramaiah and V Narayanasamy respectively, were among others who had wished speedy recovery to the 68-year-old AIADMK chief

With inputs from agencies

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa hospitalised after she complains of fever and dehydration

Fri, 23 Sep 2016-12:00pm , Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to a private hospital here after she complained of “fever and dehydration”.The 68-year-old AIADMK chief was taken to Apollo Hospitals here late last night and her condition is stated to be “stable” now, the hospital said, adding she is “under observation”.”The honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu was admitted to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai with fever and dehydration,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Subbiah Viswanathan said in a release circulated to media by the state government in the wee hours today.He said the chief minister’s condition is now stable and under observation.

NGT slams Delhi government, civic bodies over chikungunya and dengue outbreak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NGT has slammed the Delhi government and its civic bodies over the latest chikungunya and dengue outbreak. It has called the the AAP government’s response “shameful and shocking”. The NGT asked NDMC what they are doing to tackle chikungunya, dengue in Delhi. The NGT to NDMC “What were you doing for the last two months? Looks like you have no action plan. Everyone in Delhi is getting sick. Can’t turn a blind eye. Why don’t all the MCD/DDA/Delhi Govt/NDMC sit together on the issue of these diseases and make an action plan.”The NDMC said fumigation and breeding checks at houses underway. It has asked concerned officials to come to NGT next Wednesday to take stock of admin steps taken to tackle chikungunya/dengue.It has shown complete displeasure and said “ground reality is horrible, don’t show us the fabricated registers”. The green body has slammed all municipal agencies for not taking any strong measures and action to control chikungunya/dengue.The NGT has directed the principal Committee (to be formed to tackle the menace of chikungunya/dengue in Delhi) to submit its report within 15 days.Five deaths from chikungunya complications were reported till yesterday at Apollo Hospital here, most of the victims were aged 80 or above. AIIMS laboratories have tested 1,443 chikungunya blood test samples positive till September 13. At the Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, 425 chikungunya cases have been reported this season while 112 have been diagnosed with dengue. At Safdarjung Hospital, also Centre-run, 536 chikungunya cases and 342 dengue cases have been confirmed this season.

Apollo kidney racket: 12 arrested, 3 doctors to be questioned

New Delhi: Three nephrologists at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi are likely to be questioned by Delhi Police in connection with the transplant surgeries performed under their supervision which were facilitated by the kidney racket in which 12 people have been arrested so far.

The names of the three doctors emerged during the interrogation of the racket’s kingpin Rajkumar Rao, who was allegedly operating in several states and is believed to have links with similar cartels in other countries, a senior police official said.

Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. ReutersApollo Hospital in New Delhi. Reuters

Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. Reuters

One of the three senior doctors is currently in the US. He was to return on Thursday but did not.

Two of his personal assistants were the first to be arrested in connection with the racket. A police team has been deployed at IGI airport to keep check on the doctor’s return, the official said.

During investigation, police found blank papers signed by the doctor, which were allegedly used by his assistants to complete the formalities to facilitate kidney transplant surgeries at the hospital.

A personal assistant of another senior doctor too was detained by police on Friday and the nephrologist’s role is under scanner now.

The name of the third doctor emerged after the police came across a donor linked to the racket. The suspicion of his involvement grew after his name cropped up during Rao’s interrogation. Police are already investigating his assistant’s role, the official added.

Police are likely to send notice in a day asking all three of them to join the probe.

Similar notices were earlier issued to five senior officials of the hospital, including the head of the 10-member internal assessment committee for transplant surgeries.

Twelve people, including two personal assistants of a nephrologist, several middlemen and donors, besides the kingpin have been arrested in connection with the racket so far.

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