Updates: 10/10/2021 16:26
Released: 10.10.2021, 12:30
Prague – The reason for the hospitalization of President Miloš Zeman is the complications accompanying his chronic illness. Zeman’s attending physician and hospital director Miroslav Zavoral told the media in a short statement in front of the Central Military Hospital in Prague. According to him, Zeman is hospitalized in an intensive care unit.
“Shortly after 1 p.m., we admitted to the hospitalization of the President of the Republic Miloš Zeman on my recommendation. The reason for the hospitalization is the complications that accompany his chronic illness for which he is being treated. “At the moment, the patient is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the ÚVN and is in the care of experts,” said Zavoral. Exactly the diagnosis of the president of the media was not communicated, because he does not have his consent.
Zeman spent eight nights at the ÚVN in September, according to Prague Castle. The then report of the Castle states that the president suffers from dehydration and mild exhaustion and that no above-limit values have been found for diabetes. Leg neuropathy, which causes the president to move in a wheelchair, is reportedly unresolved.
The ambulance left the Lány chateau around noon shortly after the departure of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), who met with Zeman an hour before noon. The ambulance described by the “mobile intensive care unit of the ÚVN” is accompanied by several protection service vehicles. Around 12:45, the ambulance with the president arrived at the acute reception of the Central Hospital. The president was admitted to the hospital with the assistance of paramedics.
Video: Ambulance with President Miloš Zeman
10.10.2021, 13:28, author: Tomáš Helma, source: ČTK
The health status of the president is also closely monitored due to the important role that the head of state plays in the formation of the new government. According to Hrad, the president has been ill for the last two weeks, voting in the parliamentary elections directly in Lány and, on the recommendation of Zavoral, canceled today’s participation in the CNN Prima News debate.
A number of journalists and photojournalists were waiting at the hospital in the afternoon to obtain an ambulance. However, hospital staff surround the ambulance with screens. Nevertheless, some media outlets have captured the president in a state of helplessness. “Mr. President fell asleep during the transport, nothing else. He was not unconscious,” he explainedBlesk News President’s Chancellor Vratislav Mynar.
A debate has erupted on social networks about the ethics of publishing similar photographs. For example, the Blesk Zprávy editorial office decides not to publish the footage with regard to the family, nor to publish the Nova television or the Aktuálně.cz server. On the contraryNovinky.cz decided to publish the footage. Editor-in-chief Vladimír Dušánek decided to do this because for many days there has been a public concern about the president’s health and ability to perform the highest constitutional function.
Zeman’s hospitalization did not escape the attention of foreign media either. They inform about the result of the parliamentary elections and in this context point out that the president has a key role in the post-election negotiations. “The 75-year-old president is a heavy smoker and heavy drinker who uses a wheelchair and suffers from diabetes,” wrote a server of the British public station BBC.
The American television CNN pointed out that Zeman met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) shortly before his hospitalization. “Czech President Milos Zeman was hospitalized in an intensive care unit shortly after he met with a populist prime minister, whose leadership role is hanging out after a dramatic election,” CNN writes.
Regarding Zeman’s role, the AP agency noted that the president has a rather representative role in the Czech Republic. “But the president has the right to choose a new prime minister.”
The Bloomberg server reminds us that Zeman is a supporter of good relations with Russia and that he also defends relations with China.