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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is recovering and is progressing gradually, said the Director, Medical services of Apollo Hospital, Chennai in a statement on Friday. Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and physiotherapy, it added. The AIADMK on Thursday had said that its ailing leader was “completely well” and will return home soon.
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Dr Sathyabhama said the team of experts of the critical care group, senior cardiologists, senior respiratory
physicians, senior consultants of the infectious diseases department, senior endocrinologist and diabetologist of Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai have been giving treatment and care to her. “The nutrition and the essential nutrient intake are being attended to by senior consultants from the dietary team.”
The 68-year-old leader has been kept under the close observation of a specialist from London, besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi. Supporters continue to offer prayer and wishes for speedy recovery of “Amma”.
A veil of secrecy over the extent of the AIADMK supremo’s illness has sparked a wave of rumours. So far, eight people have been arrested in Tamil Nadu for spreading rumours about the health condition of the former actress-turned-politician with the last being a 28-year-old youth for a Facebook post on Jayalalithaa.
Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have urged the ruling party to release a video or pictures of Jayalalithaa to end rumours about her health that have been doing the rounds. A plea in the Madras HC, that sought a release of pictures or videos, had also been dismissed.
In the absence of CM Jayalalitha, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam had chaired Tamil Nadu’s first cabinet meeting on Wednesday with a framed portrait of the CM on his desk.