PM Modi calls on Stalin enquiring about Karunanidhi’s health, offers assistance

A slew of political leaders visited Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence after Kauvery Hospital released an advisory on the stalwart’s health.
PM Modi calls on Stalin enquiring about Karunanidhi’s health, offers assistance
PM Modi calls on Stalin enquiring about Karunanidhi’s health, offers assistance
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After Kauvery Hospital in Chennai released an advisory about the decline in DMK President M Karunanidhi’s health on Thursday, wishes and prayers have been pouring in for the 94-year-old political stalwart.

As political leaders, including those from AIADMK, visited Karunanidhi’s residence to enquire about his health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too called on Stalin and Kanimozhi to enquire about the DMK patriarch’s well-being.

In a tweet, Modi said that he had also offered his assistance and was praying for Karunanidhi’s quick recovery and good health.

According to the advisory issued by Kauvery hospital, “He is currently being treated for fever due to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) 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.”

In the meantime, a slew of political leaders have paid a visit to Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence. AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Electricity Minister P Thangamani and Minister for Municipal Administration SP Velumani were received by Karunanidhi’s son and DMK Working President MK Stalin on Thursday night.

President of the Coordination Committee of All Tamil Nadu Farmers Association, PR Pandian, and State Convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party, Vasigaran, also met Stalin hours after the hospital’s advisory was released.

On Friday morning, Tamil Manila Congress leader GK Vasan, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, actor and politician Sarath Kumar, who is also the founder of the All-India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan visited Stalin.

Other leaders have also tweeted, wishing Karunanidhi a speedy recovery.

Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 18 for a tracheotomy procedure. The hospital had then said that the former CM was admitted as part of a routine medical check-up and that the procedure has to be done every six months. He was discharged the same evening.

The DMK chief has been undergoing treatment for a lung disease for several months now. He was hospitalised in October 2016 for allergy-related ailments. In December 2016, he was admitted thrice and later underwent a tracheotomy, which involved creating an opening in the windpipe to enable breathing.

After this procedure in December 2016, he requires a trachea tube replacement every six months. In 2017 he was admitted at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai for the same reason.

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