Pune: The health of Anna Hazare, who has been admitted to a private hospital here after suffering from viral infection, is improving but he will need to remain in hospital for a week and not go on fast for at least one month, doctors attending on him said on Sunday.

"He is showing signs of improvement....he is being treated for chest infection and will require to remain in the hospital for at least a week," said Dr Parag Sancheti.

Suresh Pathare, Hazare's secretary said his condition was "stable" but had been advised a complete rest by the doctors.
74-year-old Hazare was admitted to the Sancheti Hospital here last night and his health is being monitored by a team of doctors.

After examining him, the doctors said they have advised Hazare not to fast at least for the next one month.

"For another one month he should not fast. If the condition deteriorates then it would be difficult. In five days, we will stop giving antibiotics to him and we expect more improvement after that," a doctor attending on him said.

The doctor also said Hazare needs "complete rest" now and that his aides have been asked not to disturb him.

"His situation worsened after his 2-day fast in Mumbai. Now, he is in a better state," he said.

Hazare asks not to worry about his health

Meanwhile, speaking for the first time after ending his fast abruptly in Mumbai last week, hospitalized Anna Hazare has asked his supporters not to worry about his health saying he will be alright in a few days.

Hazare, who has been admitted to a private hospital here after suffering from a viral infection, said he was feeling "much better" now.

"People who thought I am very unwell, it is not like that. I am much better now," he told reporters from his hospital bed.

"In a few days, I will be alright. Don't worry about me. I request all my countrymen and volunteers not to worry. My health is not that bad," he said.

This is the first public comments of Hazare after he ended his fast in Mumbai abruptly on Wednesday following failing health and poor public response.

Supporters pray at Rajghat

Supporters of ailing Anna Hazare held a prayer meeting at Rajghat on Sunday for his health and resolved to make Jan Lokpal a reality this year.

Volunteers and other members of India Against Corruption converged at Rajghat here and prayed for Hazare.

"A spiritual start of the year at Rajghat by joining IAC volunteers in prayer for Anna's health and Resolve to make JLPB (Jan Lokpal Bill )happen," Bedi, who was also present at the prayer meeting, said.

It is almost a ritual for the Gandhian to visit Rajghat before starting a fast.

Modi wishes speedy recovery for Hazare

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also wished the social activist a speedy recovery.

"Praying for the good health of Anna Hazareji. Hope he gets well soon...," Modi said on the social networking site Twitter here.

Hazare, who led the movement on Lokpal bill against the Union government had stirred controversy in April last year when he praised Modi for the work done in Gujarat and suggested that other Chief Ministers should emulate him.

However, Hazare did a U-turn on his visit to Gujarat on May 26 last year and criticised the state government over allegations of scams.

(JPN/ Agencies)