Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai a fortnight ago, continues to remain on respiratory support but is “improving and making gradual progress,” said a press release issued by the hospital on Thursday evening.
In the most elaborate health bulletin yet on the status of Jayalalithaa, the press release said the “present treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supportive therapy.”
Jayalalithaa needs “a longer stay in hospital” and is “making gradual progress,” said doctors who are attending to the 68-year-old politician. The update confirmed that Jayalalithaa remains on respiratory support and is being treated, including by a UK specialist, for lung problems.
Apart from brief mentions of providing respiratory support and a case of infection, the release spoke of the Chief Minister’s known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather. It added that the patient continued to improve and was making gradual progress.
A team of doctors, including experts from the All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, and international specialist Dr Richard John Beale from the London Bridge Hospital, UK, along with a panel of doctors consisting intensivists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists and diabetologists at the hospital, drew up a detailed medical management plan keeping in view of her diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather.
“The consensus of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued, and she will require a longer stay in the hospital.”