Time to Discharge CM Jayalalitha Apollo Hospital Chief Said to Media

As per the hospital authority Tamil Nadu CM is now on ventilator for only 15 minutes a day, so that her lungs would expand. The AIADMK chief has been admitted to Apollo hospital following symptoms of dehydration and fever since September 22.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

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The Apollo chief said Jayalalithaa is being kept in the ICU to ensure she does not contract any infection as her resistance level is low.

"Her mental functions, I can assure you, are absolutely normal", he added. "Chief Minister can leave for home as and when she wants to", he said.

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The Tamil Nadu chief minister's health has been a matter of concern for supporters despite assurances from Apollo that she was recovering well. Since her hospitalisation, state ministers and AIADMK cadres have been organising special poojas at various temples across the state, praying for her speedy recovery. I can't dictate her to go to work or not.

On Thursday, AIADMK issued a press statement claiming that Jayalalithaa has completely recovered from "lung infection". "She has a passion for work and she will get back as soon as possible".

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However, "It is regrettable that there was no mention of the sufferings of the people", he said, referring to the problems encountered by the citizens following the Centre's demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes which has resulted in serpentine queues at banks and ATMs. "She herself said that this is like a rebirth for her", said a party spokesperson CR Saraswathi.


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