DMK chief M. Karunanidhi (94) is suffering from urinary tract infection and is being treated at home. Doctors from Kauvery Hospital are monitoring his health.
In a statement issued here, Kauvery Hospital’s Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said there had been a slight decline in Karunanidhi’s health due to age-related ailments.
“He is currently being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home,” said the statement.
Considering Karunanidhi’s health condition, it added, the doctors attending on him had strongly advised restriction of visitors.
Karunanidhi was recently admitted to the hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube and was discharged earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, DMK working president and Karinanidhi’s son MK Stalin had said the 94-year-old was suffering from fever and doctors were providing medication, assuring there was nothing to worry about.
“Doctors are providing medication for the fever and there is nothing to worry about or get shocked,” he told reporters after visiting Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai.
“It is only a rumour. No one need to believe it, he is at home, taking rest,” he said.
Stalin was responding to a query about the health status of Karunanidhi following messages doing the rounds on a messaging platform reportedly claiming deterioration in his health.
Karunanidhi fell ill in October 2016 due to a drug-induced allergy.
The veteran leader was admitted to hospital for “optimisation of nutrition and hydration” in the first week of December that year and later, due to a throat and lung infection, according to a PTI report.
He had undergone tracheostomy, a procedure to optimise breathing.
It was the DMK supremo’s birthday on 3 June and a host of leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had extended their greetings to him.