Castle spokesperson: President Zeman suffers from dehydration and exhaustion

More details have emerged regarding the Czech Head of State's hospitalization which wasn't due to any life-threatening issues.


Written by ČTK Published on 16.09.2021 13:53:00 (updated on 16.09.2021) Reading time: 1 minute

Prague, Sep 16 (CTK) – Czech President Miloš Zeman's medical check-up in the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN) in Prague did not find any life-threatening problems. He only suffers from dehydration and minor exhaustion, according to the President’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček.

Zeman was hospitalised on Tuesday. With the Presidential Office declining to elaborate on the reasons for the move, there was speculation about the state of his health.

"Doctors have conducted a comprehensive medical check-up of the president, a CT and sonography, and they took blood samples," Ovčáček said. Doctors did not find any problems with regard to Zeman's diabetes, but the neuropathy of his legs is still an issue.

"Now his convalescence stay in the ÚVN in Prague will finish. It includes infusions. For next week, Zeman is planning a normal working schedule," Ovčáček said. Zeman will leave the hospital in the days to come, and has scheduled meetings with the government and opposition leaders for Wednesday.

The President will meet Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (ANO), the leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala (ODS), and the leader of the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy party Tomio Okamura (SPD). On Thursday, he will hold his regular meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček (ČSSD).

Zeman has been in the ÚVN several times in recent years. Last year, his broken arm was operated on at the facility, while a year before, he was there for a convalescence stay. Zeman suffers from diabetes and neuropathy in his legs. The latter problem has seen him in a wheel-chair since earlier this year.

On Tuesday, former president Václav Klaus was also admitted to the ÚVN. The previous weekend, he had been hospitalised over problems with blood pressure. It is thought that Klaus may be discharged at the end of the week.

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