Jayalalithaa continues to improve, requires a longer stay in hospital: Apollo

The latest setback comes after Jayalalithaa's doctors had said she would return home soon. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Oct 06, 2016, 03.59 PM (IST)

Jayalalithaa, chief minister of south Indian state Tamil Nadu, who has been hospitalised at Chennai's Apollo Hospital since a fortnight, 'continues to improve,' a press release by the hospital today stated. It also added that she is required to stay in hospital for a longer time.

The press release was also shared by Jayalalithaa's party, the AIADMK, on its official Twitter handle:




The press release further stated that the Tamil Nadu chief minister, who is on respiratory support and is being treated for a lung ailment, was 'making gradual progress' and was being observed by a panel of doctors including cardiologists and respiratory physicians.

She is being "treated through respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supporting therapy," the press release by Apollo Hospital said.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22. Her party, the AIADMK, initially said she was being treated for fever and dehydration. 

Apollo Hospitals had initially said Jayalalithaa was cured of fever but later said she was being treated for infection. 

Three doctors from Delhi's AIIMS hospital joined the panel of Chennai doctors yesterday. 

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court today dismissed a Public Interest Litigation asking the state government to update Jayalalithaa's health status as a "mere act of publicity."

The prominent Indian politician, who was previously a popular actress before entering politics, has held office since 2015. She has been elected chief minister four times previously.