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I can fast for nine more days, says Anna

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2011 00:26 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times
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As thousands of his supporters worried on hearing news of his deteriorating health, 74-year-old anti-graft crusader, Anna Hazare, stepped out of the back stage to address them at Ramlila Ground on Wednesday morning.

"I can fast for nine more days. There is absolutely nothing to worry about," said a visibly frail Anna, with a smile.

Doctors treating him feel it is will power and a positive outlook that is keeping Anna going despite his old age.

"Had it been someone else, he would have collapsed by now. His condition is stable, though it is natural to get variations in test reports, as he has not eaten anything for nine consecutive days," said a doctor treating him, requesting anonymity.

Anna has been advised to not exert himself and avoid exposure to the sun.

"He should take rest and keep drinking about four litres of water. We are keeping a close watch on his condition and will ensure he stays well," said Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director, Medanta — the Medicity.

Heeding the advice of his doctors, Anna spent most of his time backstage on Wednesday, addressing the gathering only twice through the day.

His water intake has also gone up by one litre.

However, many of his supporters were complaining of exhaustion and dehydration. Four people from the venue were reportedly taken to Lok Nayak Hospital on Wednesday, as they suffered from heart attack owing to severe exhaustion.

In all, 5,600 people have been treated for dehydration at the medical camp on the venue in the past five days.