TN Agri Minister critically ill, hospital says functions of vital organs remains challenge

Tmil Nadu Minister for Agriculture, R Doraikkannu, who is being treated for severe Covid-19 pneumonia in a private hospital in Chennai continues to be critically ill.

Hospital authorities said his progress would be monitored for the next 24 hours before a prognosis is made.

“Maintaining the functions of vital organs continues to be a challenge, considering his co-morbidities,” a bulletin said.

“He is on maximal life support and his response to treatment over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” the bulletin said. In the health bulletin issued on Sunday, the hospital said that the 72-year-old minister was admitted to the hospital on October 13 with severe breathlessness and tested positive for Covid-19.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami along with health minister C Vijayabaskar and fisheries minister D Jayakumar visited Doraikkanu on Sunday to enquire about his health. The CM also personally interacted with his family. The minister is being monitored by a panel of specialist doctors in the ICU, the bulletin added.

Doraikkannu was taken to a hospital in Villupuram district after he complained of chest pain and breathing problem. He had complained of ill-health while he was travelling to Salem to pay homage to Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s mother who died on October 13.

After his condition stabilised at the government hospital, Doraikkannu was sent to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai in an ambulance.