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Thursday, October 6, 2016

3 AIIMS specialists in Chennai to treat CM Jayalalithaa

CHENNAI: Three doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, have come to Chennai to treat chief minister J Jayalalithaa who is undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road.
There was no press release from the hospital or the government, but officials in the Union health ministry confirmed that doctors including pulmonologist Dr G C Khilnani, cardiologist Dr Nitish Nayak and anesthesiologist Dr Anjan Trikha had left for Chennai. "Some left on Wednesday evening. We cannot say more at this point," the official said.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 with complaints of "fever and dehydration."
On Sunday , the hospital said the chief minister had infection, and that a team of doctors, including Dr Richard Beale from the London Bridge Hospital in the UK, were giving her antibiotics to treat her condition.

Dr Beale left the city on Sunday. On Monday, the hospital said she was on respiratory support and was being treated for infection with antibiotics and allied clinical measures.

Tuesday's bulletin said she continued to show improvement. There was no medical bulletin from the hospital on Wednesday . Among the many public prayers conducted for the health of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, was a religious procession organised at her constituency RK Nagar on Monday . 

Pictures have emerged of young children with their faces pierced with metal rods taking part in the ceremony organised by party workers, a ritual usually followed while worshipping Lord Muruga.

In a statement on Wednesday, PMK leader S Ramadoss described the incident as a "human rights violation". He alleged that of the hundreds of people who took part in the procession, there were more than 20 children, aged 5 to 12, who had their bodies pierced against their wishes. 

He added that children should not be forced to do such things. AIADMK MLA P Vetrivel told TOI that he helped organise the event, but "participation was entirely voluntary"."They were praying for Amma's [Jayalalithaa's] health.Ramadoss is insulting our traditions and the people," he said.
Vetrivel also dared Ramadoss to criticise the Thaipusam festival at Mailam Murugan temple near Tindivanam, close to Ramadoss' residence.

The family of one of the children who participated in the rally, and had his cheeks pierced, lives near the Murugan temple in Tondiarpet. Eleven-year-old Chandru (name changed), a 5th standard student, says he participates in such a ritual during the annual temple festival. 

"Amma gave me books, she has helped a lot of children. I prayed for her to get better," he told TOI. Asked if felt any pain while getting his face pierced, he dismissed the question saying: "If I think of God, why will it hurt?" His grandfather Ramachandran, an AIADMK member, says everyone in his family is a Murugan devotee and loyal party worker, adding that the boy performed the ritual when the chief minister was in jail in Bengaluru two years ago.

Girija Kumarbabu, honorary general secretary , Indian Council for Child Welfare, said that one cannot question rituals if people have faith in it."However, in this case, this is an issue the children are not connected to, in any way . Somebody has suggested it. We have many abusive cultural practices in our state, like thee medhi (firewalking), which are deeply embedded in our culture.But we refrain from making comments about these practices."

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