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Amid rumours, Kauvery Hospital issues bulletin, says 'slight decline' in M Karunanidhi's health

The Kauvery Hospital, which has been providing health care to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, issued a bulletin stating that he was suffering from fever due to urinary tract infection.

Published: 26th July 2018 11:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2018 03:03 PM   |  A+A-

DMK president and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi . (File Photo | PTI)

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CHENNAI: As the messages and rumours about Karunanidhi's deteriorating health conditions began to surface from Tuesday evening, the Kauvery Hospital, which has been providing health care to him, issued a bulletin on Thursday stating that he was suffering from fever due to urinary tract infection.

“There has been a slight decline in the health of DMK president and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi due to age-related ailments,” the bulletin signed by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of Kauvery Hospital, stated.

The bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital states that M Karunanidhi was suffering from fever due to urinary tract infection.

It added, “He is currently being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids.”

Saying that Karunanidhi was being monitored and treated round-the-clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home, the hospital informed that considering his medical condition, the treating team of doctors have strongly advised restriction of visitors.

DMK supporters gather outside former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai on Thursday.  (Photo | Ashwin Prasath)

AIADMK ministers visit Karunanidhi

Led by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and coordinator of AIADMK O Panneerselvam, top party leaders and senior ministers SP Velumani (Municipal Administration and Rural Development), P Thangamani (Electricity) and D Jayakumar (Fisheries) visited Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence late on Thursday evening. It may be noted that Stalin had visited J Jayalalithaa (late Chief Minister) at the Apollo Hospitals while she was undergoing treatment.

Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam along with other ministers met DMK's MK Stalin to inquire about DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's at latter's residence in Chennai. (Photo | Ashwin Prasath)

Later talking to reporters, Panneerselvam said Karunanidhi was able to identify them. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol. Thirumavalavan also visited Gopalapuram to inquire about the health conditions of Karunanidhi.

Amid health concerns, M Karunanidhi enters 50th year as chief of DMK

Amid concerns over his health conditions, DMK president and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi enters 50th year as the chief of the party.

By trumping his high-profile contemporaries and detractors in the party, he took the reins on July 27, 1967 following the demise of the party's founder and late Dravidian great CN Annadurai.

Appealing his party men to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Karunanidhi entering 50th year as president of DMK, his son and the party's working president MK Stalin, in an epistle penned to the cadre on Thursday, said, “Fifty years at the helm of affairs of a party is an unmatchable record in Indian political history.”

To achieve this, he has to weather several inclement situations, pass tests and face insurmountable crises, made astonishing victories and suffered worst defeats, he recalled.

Saying that his unstinting fight for the rights of the states and social justice-based schemes were sore in the eyes of the opponents who utilised Emergency an opportunity to dethrone, Stalin said Karunanidhi has remained the fulcrum of the politics of Tamil Nadu irrespective of being in power or not.

From 1967 to 2016 polls, he has faced 13 elections and won all of them, he pointed out.

Enlisting his achievement and lifetime spent in the domains of politics, film industry and State Assembly, he stated that time has given him some rest as his health declined due to age-related problems.

“Everyone is longing to hear his magnetic voice,” Stalin stated, hoping that time and medical science would fulfill the aspiration.

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