October 6, 2016
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s stay in Apollo Hospital will have to be much longer, a panel of doctors examining her announced on Thursday after running a series of tests. The present line of treatment for lung decongestion, nebulization for breathing and supportive therapy will be continued under the close supervision of a team of doctors from Apollo Hospital.
On hand today was a team of specialists from AIIMS in Delhi — -pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, cardiologist Dr Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha – and the specialist from London, Dr Richard Beale to advise the team of doctors attending on her since September 22 when she was admitted with complaint of fever and dehydration.
For the first time the Apollo Hospital issued a relatively detailed health bulletin mentioning what the chief minister was ailing with and being treated for. Present in the team of doctors attending on her are intensivists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists, and diabetologists.
Based on the detailed deliberations and clinical examination, the expert group of doctors from Apollo hospital have drawn up a detailed medical management plan keeping in view the chief minister’s known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather.
The doctors have decided to continue with respiratory support, nebulization for breathing, drugs to decongest lungs, antibiotics and supportive therapy.
The doctors have for the first time specified a longer requirement of her stay in the hospital, but have not given any time frame.
Amma bhakts outside the hospital greeted the medical bulletin with relief even as party spoikesperson CR Saraswathi declared confidently, “I can clearly say that Amma’s condition is definitely improving and is far more better than earlier. She is taking normal food but her infection required great amount of rest.” This has given us a more positive feeling she said.