Puttaparthi (AP): The condition of the spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba on Sunday continued to show improvement though he is still on ventilator. The leader, who is undergoing treatment for multi-organ dysfunction, has shown slight improvement, doctors attending on him said here.

"Sri Satya Sai Baba, who entered the 14th day of treatment in this hospital, has shown slight improvement in the functioning of the kidneys," a health bulletin issued on Sunday morning by the Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning here, said.

"However, he continues to be on intermittent slow hemodialysis and ventilator support. His vital parameters of health are stable and satisfactory. The panel of doctors treating him is satisfied with the progress he is making," it said.

The 85-year-old Satya Sai Baba was admitted to the super-speciality hospital on March 28 following problems related to heart and respiration.    

Doctors treating him have said he was suffering from multi-organ dysfunction and that he was responding to the treatment.

Puttaparthi in limelight

Meanwhile, Puttaparthi, a tiny town in backward Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, has shot to international fame after Sri Satya Sai Baba was admitted to hospital.

Thousands of devotees from various states in the country and from over 100 foreign countries have brought in tremendous economic prosperity to this abode of Sai Baba.

According to rough estimates, the population of the town is 10,000.

However, Puttaparthi now boasts of luxury hotels, resorts, villas and shops that sell Indian handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and mementos like Sai Baba's photographs, music stores, foreign exchange outlets and cyber cafes among others.

"By the grace of Swami (Satya Sai Baba), people here are leading a decent life by taking up some economic activity," said a local resident.

No wonder, the entire town prays for the long life of Sri Satya Sai Baba.