J Jayalalithaa will have to stay in hospital for a longer duration, the Apollo Hospital said on Thursday in the first detailed bulletin on the ailing Tamil Nadu chief minister that could potentially intensify speculations on her health condition.
The Madras high court also dismissed on Thursday a petition seeking information on Jayalalithaa’s medical condition, saying it was “meant for publicity”.
The hospital statement came within hours of calling in three specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi to assist the team attending to the chief minister, whose hospitalisation on September 22 has sparked rumours ranging from her death to an incurable disease.
The trio – comprising pulmonologist GC Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha –held detailed discussions on her medical condition through the course of the day. Dr Richard John Beale, a world-renowned specialist and consultant from London, also visited Chennai a second time to assist the team in an advisory role.
The hospital said a panel of medical experts arrived at the consensus that the current line of treatment – comprising “decongestion of lungs, nebulisation for breathing, administration of antibiotics, supportive therapy, and general nursing care” – should continue.
A detailed medical management plan has been drawn up in view of Jayalalithaa’s history of diabetes and winter bronchitis, it added.
The chief minister was hospitalised after she complained of high fever and dehydration, and the rumour mills have been running overtime since then. Initial press releases from the hospital failed to throw any light on the exact nature of her ailment, creating further confusion.
Earlier in the day, the high court dismissed a petition seeking information on Jayalalithaa’s medical condition, saying it was “meant for publicity”.
A bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kaul and justice R Mahadevan took this action after hearing a public interest litigation filed by petitioner KR “Traffic” Ramaswamy on October 3.
The veteran social activist, who has often found himself at loggerheads with the AIADMK government, claimed that the public “had the right to know the actual status of the chief minister’s health”.
Ramaswamy’s petition cited several rumours regarding Jayalalithaa that had been doing the rounds, causing concern among party workers and well-wishers.
Stressing on the need to dispel such talk, he said no information had emerged on the nature of the patient’s illness despite senior state ministers and Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao visiting her on separate occasions.