The President of the Czech Republic was hospitalized, although no information on his condition was provided. He is known to have a variety of health problems, including diabetes, and was a heavy smoker and drinker.
Czech President Milos Zeman was admitted to the Prague Central Military University Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. (9 a.m. GMT) on Tuesday. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the president’s admission but did not provide further information. “I don’t know how long, why or how. The law does not authorize me to provide this information ”, she told local media.
The president’s spokesperson did not respond to calls to brief the media; however, Presidential Advisor Martin Nejedlý told Czech media that it was a regular inspection, adding that Zeman had health issues that needed to be assessed.
Zeman has been to a military hospital several times in recent years. He was vaccinated against Covid-19 with the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech in January and had his second in mid-February. He also underwent a comprehensive preventive medical examination after his inoculation.
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Last year, the president underwent surgery after a fall and a broken arm. Other health issues had taken him to hospital for four days in 2019. Since mid-April, Zeman had been confined to a wheelchair. He has long term movement problems and is being treated for neuropathy. He was also diagnosed with diabetes.
Zeman, a heavy smoker and drinker, did not reduce his vices until he was diagnosed with diabetes. In 2013, during a visit to a cigarette factory, he even said that it was safe for people to start smoking later in life.
Former President Václav Klaus, who served between 2003 and 2013, is also currently in the military hospital, having been admitted over the weekend.
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