Czech President Miloš Zeman's condition has slightly improved, say doctors

Doctors from Prague's Central Military Hospital gave an update on the Czech president's health on Friday evening.

ČTK

Written by ČTK Published on 23.10.2021 09:16 (updated on 23.10.2021) Reading time: 1 minute

Czech President Miloš Zeman's health condition has slightly improved as a result of the treatment he has received over the past two days, a spokesperson for Prague's Central Military Hospital (UVN) said on Friday evening, adding that the update was released with the president's consent.

Zeman has been hospitalized at UVN since October 10.

UVN director Miroslav Zavoral, who is in charge of Zeman's treatment, said the reasons for his hospitalization were complications resulting from chronic disease.

"With the consent of President Miloš Zeman, we say with cautious optimism that thanks to the comprehensive treatment by UVN specialists, there was a slight improvement in his health condition on Thursday and Friday," UVN spokesman Jitka Zinke announced on the hospital's website.

Referring to information provided by the hospital, Senate chairman Miloš Vystrčil said on Monday that Zeman is now unable to perform his duties as president due to his health condition.

Additionally, the long-term prognosis of for his health is extremely uncertain. This is why politicians have started dealing with the transfer of powers of the head of state to the prime minister and the chairman of the Chamber of Deputies under Article 66 of the Czech Constitution.

To date, the hospital has not released detailed information on Zeman's health condition, arguing that it does not have the patient's consent to do so.

With the same explanation, the Presidential Office has not providing information on Zeman's health. Due to this, it has been criticized by the opposition.

Earlier on Friday, former president Václav Klaus visited Zeman at the UVN. They had a conversation for about 50 minutes.

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Klaus then told the tabloid Blesk that the illness had weakened Zeman, shifting his priorities from topics with which he was previously busy.

"He was speaking more about his health than about his political rivals. He knows pretty well who his political rivals are," Klaus said.

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