TN Agriculture Minister critical, CM visits him at hospital

Tamil Nadu’s Minister for Agriculture R. Doraikannu, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, remains critical on ventilator and Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support at Kauvery Hospital.

A statement from the hospital said that the Minister, who is 72-years-old, has multiple comorbidities and his latest CT scans showed that 90 % of his lungs has been affected.

It added that he is on ventilator and ECMO support and was receiving maximal support from a panel of specialist doctors.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, accompanied by ministers D Jayakumar and C Vijaya Baskar, visited the hospital on Sunday to enquire about his health condition and interacted with his family members.

On October 13, Doraikkannu complained of breathlessness and uneasiness while he was travelling by road to Salem from Chennai to visit Palaniswami whose mother Thavusayammal died recently.

Doraikkannu was rushed to Government Villupuram Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) in Villupuram where doctors on duty gave him first aid treatment and stabilized his condition.

The Minister with complaints of diabetes and high blood pressure had earlier suffered a cardiac arrest, reports said and added that he was then shifted to the private hospital in Chennai.