Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday visited the Apollo hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment for over two weeks. Talking to media outside the hospital, Naidu urged people to refrain from spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa's health as she is responding well to the treatment.
“I had a detailed briefing by doctors about the treatment. They told me that she is responding to the treatment, and I am confident that she will be normal,” the minister said.
He said: “It’s not fair on the part of anybody to make any speculation or spread any rumours, particularly when the person is undergoing treatment. It is expected by everybody to see that we all maintain balance and also restrain while making comments.”
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.
Naidu's visit comes two days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi paid an unexpected visit to the hospital.
Earlier, several political leaders, including Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, Tamil Maanila Congress chief G.K. Vasan and Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Anbumani Ramadoss, visited the hospital on Sunday to enquire about the condition of the chief minister.
Ramadoss said he had spoken to the doctors and they had informed him that all vital parameters of Jayalalithaa were normal. “As a doctor I am satisfied with the treatment regiment. I believe the Governor can be more active and help in ensuring efficient governance,” he said.
Setting aside political rivalry, DMK Treasurer M.K. Stalin had visited the hospital on Saturday.
Though the hospital issues medical bulletin at regular intervals, rumours on Jayalalithaa's health condition refused to die down.
In the latest press statement, the hospital said that the chief minister was under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants. "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway," it said.
Meanwhile, special prayers continued at places of worship across the state for Jayalalithaa's speedy recovery.