Tamil Nadu government makes Jayalalithaa's medical records public

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam had questioned the medical treatment that Jayalalithaa had been given. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Mar 06, 2017, 02.53 PM (IST)

The Tamil Nadu government has given a detailed account of the medical treatment provided to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa from the time she suffered a cardiac arrest until her death on December 5 last year.

The government said it had made the medical records public in order to put at rest speculation surrounding her hospitalisation, treatment and death.

Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan told ANI that the report was a "self-explanatory" one and that "no information had been held back".

The report was disclosed to the public after the the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) handed over Jayalalithaa's health record to the state's health secretary J Radhakrishnan.

Excerpts from the report state that the best possible treatment was provided to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister after she suffered a massive cardiac arrest on December 4.

It adds that Jayalalithaa's health condition was conveyed to senior leaders and political ministers, including O Panneerselvam, her close aide Sasikala, and government officials including the chief secretary and the health secretary.

It says that "all of them understood the situation and asked the medical team to act as per the standard protocol."

 

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The Tamil Nadu Government had yesterday rejected Panneerselvam's claims about the death of former AIADMK chief.

Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar accused Panneerselvam of spreading false information among the people regarding Jayalalithaa's health condition.

"O Panneerselvam has been continuously spreading false information among people regarding health conditions of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. O Panneerselvam stands as the first culprit in the suspicions that he is now raising about the medical treatment that Amma was being given," Vijayabaskar said.

Twelve AIADMK MPs, belonging to the Panneerselvam camp, had met President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on February 28 and handed over a petition seeking a probe into the medical treatment provided to Jayalalithaa before her death.

The group also sought a probe into the incidents that occurred at Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence on September 22 before she was admitted to hospital. 

(WION with inputs from ANI)